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Encyclopedia > Derrick Thomas
Derrick Thomas
Position(s):
Linebacker
Jersey #(s):
58
Born: January 1, 1967(1967-01-01)
Flag of Florida Miami, Florida
Died: February 8, 2000 (aged 33)
Flag of Florida Miami, Florida
Career Information
Year(s): 1989-2000
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
College: Alabama
Professional Teams
Career Stats
Sacks     126.5
Int     1
INT yards     20
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards

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City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League...

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Early life

Born in Miami, Thomas was raised by his mother, as his father (an Air Force captain and pilot) died during a mission in the Vietnam War. He played high school football at South Miami Senior High School, where he was an outstanding athlete and student. When he was three he started playing football. Miami redirects here. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


College career

One of the finest players in University of Alabama history, Thomas smashed many Crimson Tide defensive records, including sacks in a single season. He was awarded the Butkus Award in 1988 after a season which saw him record 27 sacks along with finishing 10th in Heisman Trophy balloting. He was also selected as a unanimous All-American at the conclusion of the 1988 season. He was awarded the Sington Soaring Spirit Award by the Lakeshore Foundation. This annual award is named for University of Alabama football legend Fred Sington. The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship school of the University of Alabama System. ... The Dick Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebacker in college football. ... Heisman redirects here. ... All-American, a Broadway musical with book by Mel Brooks, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, opened in New York on March 19, 1962, and played 80 performances. ... Fred Sington (born February 24, 1910) was an American football player. ...


NFL career

Thomas was selected in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft, fourth overall, and was signed by the Chiefs. He would remain with the Chiefs for the entirety of his career. Round 1 Category: ...


Thomas's rookie year was very successful, earning him Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Sporting News, and was the first Chiefs' linebacker to be elected to the Pro Bowl in his first season since hall of fame player Bobby Bell. He would appear in nine during his career. The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper, currently affiliated with the Fox network. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... Robert Lee Bell, Jr (Born June 17, 1940, in Shelby, North Carolina) is a former American Football linebacker/defensive end who played for the Kansas City Chiefs. ...


He was known as one of the best defensive players in NFL history, and one of the most highly visible Chiefs players throughout his career. Thomas was perhaps most well known for his ability to sack the quarterback and was named All-Pro 8 times. He totaled 126.5 sacks in his career and still holds the single game record of 7 quarterback sacks, a feat which occurred against Seattle's Dave Krieg on Veterans Day 1990. (He had dedicated the game to his late father, and said he would've traded the sack record for a Chiefs victory.) He is one of only 22 NFL players to achieve 100 or more sacks, and ranks fifth all-time in Chiefs' history with 649 career tackles. During his career, he also recorded 1 interception and recovered 19 fumbles, returning them for 161 yards and 4 touchdowns. Thomas established Chiefs career records for sacks, safeties, fumble recoveries, and forced fumbles. His 45 forced fumbles also being an NFL career record. Off the field, Thomas established the Third and Long Foundation. City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... David M. Krieg (Dave Blitz Krieg, born October 20, 1958 in Iola, Wisconsin) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He attended the now-defunct Milton College. ... For Veterans Day in the United Kingdom, see Veterans Day UK. President Eisenhower signs HR7786, officially changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Vanderbilt Quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 2nd Class Jeremy Chase. ... This is a list of individual National Football League records. ...


Death

On January 18, 2000, Thomas' SUV went off the road as he was on way to Kansas City International Airport, where he was going to fly to St. Louis to watch the NFC Championship game. Not wearing safety belts, Thomas and one of his two passengers were thrown from the car. That passenger was killed instantly. The second passenger who was wearing his safety belt walked away from the scene uninjured . Thomas was left paralyzed from the chest down. He died on February 8, 2000, in Miami, of a pulmonary embolism, a massive blood clot that developed in his paralyzed lower extremities and traveled through his venous system to his lungs. is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Airport diagram Airport from the east. ... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The heart and lungs (from an older edition of Grays Anatomy) The lung is an organ belonging to the respiratory system and interfacing to the circulatory system of air-breathing vertebrates. ...


Legacy

While no player has worn it since his death, the Chiefs have yet to retire Thomas' #58. Thomas was also elected to the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2001. He was a finalist for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, his first year of eligibility. In January 2006, Thomas was named a finalist but was not elected to be inducted. Again in 2007, Thomas was a finalist in the process, but failed to make the final cut. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... January 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accuses European nations of trying to complete the Holocaust by creating a Jewish camp Israel in the Middle East. ...


External links

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: HOF 2007 Finalist profile
  • ESPN.com's Old Derrick Thomas Profile
  • Derrick Thomas at ESPN.com
Preceded by
Paul McGowan
Butkus Award Winner
1988
Succeeded by
Percy Snow
Preceded by
Erik McMillan
Defensive Rookie of the Year
1989
Succeeded by
Mark Carrier

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Remember Derrick Thomas Guestbook - A Bravenet.com Guestbook (1336 words)
Derrick Thomas was one of the most enjoyable players to follow throughout his college career at Alabama and his soon to be Hall Of Fame career with the Chiefs.
Derrick Thomas will always be my favorite NFL player of all time and no one will ever replace him.
Derrick was a genuine, funny and incredible guy who made everyone he knew feel good about enjoying life.
CNNSI.com - NFL Football - Chiefs' Thomas dead at 33 - Tuesday February 08, 2000 11:01 PM (1236 words)
Thomas was being transferred from his hospital bed to a wheelchair on his way to therapy when he uttered something to his mother and his eyes rolled back, said Dr. Frank Eismont, a neurosurgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Thomas was driving a car during a snowstorm on Jan. 23 as he and two friends headed to the Kansas City airport to fly to St. Louis for the NFC Championship game.
Thomas was brought to the hospital in Miami, his hometown, where doctors stabilized his spinal column with screws, rods and hooks and grafted bone from his hip.
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