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The Derrick Thomas Highlight Film
The Derrick Thomas Highlight Film
Published: 2013/10/26
Channel: RedTribeCinema
Baby it
Baby it's you
Published: 2015/07/28
Channel: Derrick Thomas
It
It's You
Published: 2016/06/10
Channel: Derrick Thomas - Topic
A Football Life - Derrick Thomas HD
A Football Life - Derrick Thomas HD
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: Ricardo Ward
Thunder and Destruction - Derrick Thomas
Thunder and Destruction - Derrick Thomas
Published: 2014/10/05
Channel: Ian Ward
Wired: Houston Breaks Derrick Thomas
Wired: Houston Breaks Derrick Thomas' Sack Record
Published: 2015/07/28
Channel: Kansas City Chiefs (NFL - AFC West)
Derrick Thomas NFL Record 7 sacks in a game
Derrick Thomas NFL Record 7 sacks in a game
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: SportsJunkie
Derrick Thomas best LB of the 90´s
Derrick Thomas best LB of the 90´s
Published: 2008/06/04
Channel: Husk58
Coming from where I
Coming from where I'm from
Published: 2015/08/13
Channel: Derrick Thomas
Derrick Thomas - Remembered
Derrick Thomas - Remembered
Published: 2013/07/09
Channel: KansasCityStarVideo
My my my by da band
My my my by da band
Published: 2015/08/07
Channel: Derrick Thomas
I know I
I know I've been changed by D'Suave
Published: 2015/08/05
Channel: Derrick Thomas
D
D'Suave Singing to a new fan ..
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Derrick Thomas
DDT DANGEROUS DERRICK THOMAS) REMEMBERED!
DDT DANGEROUS DERRICK THOMAS) REMEMBERED!
Published: 2013/08/21
Channel: Matthew Monroe
1988 Penn State at Alabama (Highlights)
1988 Penn State at Alabama (Highlights)
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Bama Rewind
Chiefs no strangers to tragedy
Chiefs no strangers to tragedy
Published: 2012/12/02
Channel: 41 Action News
Carl Peterson Recalls The Day They Selected Derrick Thomas
Carl Peterson Recalls The Day They Selected Derrick Thomas
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: Kansas City Chiefs
Sights & Sounds   Derrick Thomas
Sights & Sounds Derrick Thomas
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: KC-Dave
Car Karaoke Singing Love Pain by Jermayne Ft Derrick Thomas
Car Karaoke Singing Love Pain by Jermayne Ft Derrick Thomas
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: Valjermayne
Derrick Thomas
Derrick Thomas' son Donnell Alexander lands Chiefs' tryout
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: KansasCityStarVideo
Legendary Kansas City Chiefs Roster | Madden 17 Connected Franchise | Derrick Thomas + Tony Gonzalez
Legendary Kansas City Chiefs Roster | Madden 17 Connected Franchise | Derrick Thomas + Tony Gonzalez
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: BEAST MODE TV
Derrick Thomas Sets NFL Record With 7 Sacks in 1 Game | This Day in NFL History (11/11/90)
Derrick Thomas Sets NFL Record With 7 Sacks in 1 Game | This Day in NFL History (11/11/90)
Published: 2015/11/11
Channel: NFL
Love Pain by Jermayne feat Derrick Thomas Available NOW!
Love Pain by Jermayne feat Derrick Thomas Available NOW!
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: Valjermayne
SOLDIER SURPRISE: Proud soldier Derrick Thomas decided to surprise his sister
SOLDIER SURPRISE: Proud soldier Derrick Thomas decided to surprise his sister
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: donald trump
Derrick Thomas - I Believe
Derrick Thomas - I Believe
Published: 2013/11/15
Channel: TheIronSifu
A Tribute to Derrick Thomas
A Tribute to Derrick Thomas
Published: 2010/01/02
Channel: KCChiefsCallumTHE
Derrick Thomas Career Highlights
Derrick Thomas Career Highlights
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: Zach Marshall
Derrick Thomas Tribute.wmv
Derrick Thomas Tribute.wmv
Published: 2012/05/03
Channel: ThirdandlongKC
Theology in Dialogue with R.C. Sproul and Derek Thomas
Theology in Dialogue with R.C. Sproul and Derek Thomas
Published: 2016/01/20
Channel: Ligonier Ministries
I Luv This Ish By August Alsina (Stirling & Derrick Thomas)
I Luv This Ish By August Alsina (Stirling & Derrick Thomas)
Published: 2014/06/22
Channel: wii2ify
Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs Sportraits Painting Video
Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs Sportraits Painting Video
Published: 2014/09/27
Channel: Alexander Ansara
derrick thomas
derrick thomas
Published: 2013/08/07
Channel: Derek Redd
Derrick Thomas Tribute 2.0
Derrick Thomas Tribute 2.0
Published: 2010/09/10
Channel: petegkc
ESPN Films - SEC Storied - In Search of Derrick Thomas
ESPN Films - SEC Storied - In Search of Derrick Thomas
Published: 2015/09/30
Channel: ESPN Shows
Derek Thomas: How Then Should I Live in This World?
Derek Thomas: How Then Should I Live in This World?
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: Ligonier Ministries
Wintercoat (prod. Derrick Thomas Jr)
Wintercoat (prod. Derrick Thomas Jr)
Published: 2017/02/28
Channel: NoFace Rapper
Derrick Thomas: Hall of Fame Football Outside Linebacker
Derrick Thomas: Hall of Fame Football Outside Linebacker
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: WhoWhat
Derrick Thomas Highlight Reel  Drexel 2012-13
Derrick Thomas Highlight Reel Drexel 2012-13
Published: 2013/04/29
Channel: Duncan Lloyd
Seahawks Overcome 7 Thomas Sacks, Krieg Hits Game-Winning TD
Seahawks Overcome 7 Thomas Sacks, Krieg Hits Game-Winning TD
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: David Neiwert
Derrick J. Thomas memorial
Derrick J. Thomas memorial
Published: 2011/03/12
Channel: Dexter Thomas
Derrick Thomas #28 Highlight Video
Derrick Thomas #28 Highlight Video
Published: 2012/04/13
Channel: Jon Matt
NFL | Madden 25 Ultimate Team | LEGENDARY 99 DERRICK THOMAS | MUT 25 XBOX GAMEPLAY
NFL | Madden 25 Ultimate Team | LEGENDARY 99 DERRICK THOMAS | MUT 25 XBOX GAMEPLAY
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: Dre Plays
Derrick Thomas
Derrick Thomas' son brings legacy to Mizzou
Published: 2011/08/29
Channel: 41 Action News
Derrick Thomas Tribute
Derrick Thomas Tribute
Published: 2009/08/05
Channel: Squish78
Kansas City Chiefs Superfan XFactor and Derrick Thomas
Kansas City Chiefs Superfan XFactor and Derrick Thomas's son Derrion
Published: 2016/12/23
Channel: XFactor Chiefs
Football Gameplan
Football Gameplan's 2014 NFF College Football Hall of Fame - Derrick Thomas
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Football Gameplan
MUT 25 - Ultimate Legend Derrick Thomas - Madden 25 Ultimate Team Ultimate Legend Dan Marino
MUT 25 - Ultimate Legend Derrick Thomas - Madden 25 Ultimate Team Ultimate Legend Dan Marino
Published: 2014/06/14
Channel: LundenRTR
Derek Thomas Highlights
Derek Thomas Highlights
Published: 2014/01/10
Channel: Derek thomas
Madden 2000 Commercial (ft. Jerome Bettis & Derrick Thomas)
Madden 2000 Commercial (ft. Jerome Bettis & Derrick Thomas)
Published: 2014/08/13
Channel: Ryan Van Dusen
MUT 25 NEW Legends! Madden 25 Ultimate Team - 99 Overall Derrick Thomas And 99 Overall Ed Reed
MUT 25 NEW Legends! Madden 25 Ultimate Team - 99 Overall Derrick Thomas And 99 Overall Ed Reed
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: What The Moose
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Derrick Thomas
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Thomas with the Kansas City Chiefs
No. 58
Position: Outside linebacker / defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-01-01)January 1, 1967
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Date of death: February 8, 2000(2000-02-08) (aged 33)
Place of death: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) South
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 642
Sacks: 126.5
Forced fumbles: 41
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Derrick Vincent Thomas (January 1, 1967 – February 8, 2000), nicknamed D.T., was an American football linebacker and defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played his entire 11-year career for the Chiefs after being drafted fourth overall in the 1989 NFL Draft. Thomas, a member of the class of 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame, was a premier football player throughout the 1990s and is considered one of the best pass rushers of all time.[1] In 1990 against the Seattle Seahawks, he set an NFL record with seven sacks in a single game. On February 8, 2000, Thomas died from a massive blood clot that developed in his paralyzed legs and traveled to his lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. His paralysis was the result of severe injuries sustained in a car accident weeks earlier. Thomas was inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Early life[edit]

Born in Miami, Florida, Thomas was raised by his mother. His father, Air Force Captain and B-52 pilot Robert James Thomas, died during a mission in the Vietnam War. Thomas started playing football when he was three years old. He played high school football at South Miami Senior High School.

College career[edit]

Alongside Cornelius Bennett and later Keith McCants at Alabama, Thomas spearheaded one of the best defensive lines in college football and 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 set an NCAA record 27 sacks along with finishing 10th in Heisman Trophy balloting. He currently holds the single season NCAA FBS sack record with 27 and what was the career sack record with 52 career sacks. He was also selected as a unanimous All-American at the conclusion of the 1988 season, a season which culminated in the Crimson Tide's thrilling 29-28 victory over Army in the 1988 Sun Bowl. In 2000, Thomas was named a Sun Bowl Legend.[2] 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. Thomas was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.[3]

Professional career[edit]

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 his entire career.

Thomas's rookie year earned him the Defensive Rookie of the Year award 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.[citation needed]

Thomas was known for his ability to sack the quarterback and was named an All-Pro 6 times, and was voted to 9 Pro Bowls in his 11-year career. He totaled 126.5 sacks in his career and still[when?] holds the single game record of 7 quarterback sacks, a feat which occurred against Seattle's Dave Krieg on Veterans Day, 1990. It was a sack that Thomas did not get that decided the game: on the final play, Krieg eluded a blitzing Thomas and threw a touchdown pass to Paul Skansi, which gave the Seahawks a 17–16 win. The next player to come close to breaking this record was Thomas himself, recording 6 sacks against the Oakland Raiders in the regular season opener in 1998.[citation needed]

He is one of 31 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.

In 2009, Thomas was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his fifth year of eligibility.

Statistics[edit]

Season Age Team G GS TTAC SOLO AST SACK SF FF FR YDS TD BK INT YDS AVG TD PD
1989 22 Kansas City 16 16 75 56 19 10.0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 23 Kansas City 15 15 63 47 16 20.0 0 6 2 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 24 Kansas City 16 15 79 60 19 13.5 0 4 4 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 25 Kansas City 16 16 67 54 13 14.5 0 8 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
1993 26 Kansas City 16 15 43 32 11 8.0 0 4 1 86 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 27 Kansas City 16 15 71 67 4 11.0 1 3 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1995 28 Kansas City 15 15 53 48 5 8.0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
1996 29 Kansas City 16 14 55 49 6 13.0 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
1997 30 Kansas City 12 10 34 30 4 9.5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 31 Kansas City 15 10 42 35 7 12.0 1 2 2 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
1999 32 Kansas City 16 16 60 54 6 7.0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 20 20.0 0 5
Career 169 157 642 532 110 126.5 3 41 19 161 4 1 1 20 20.0 0 19

Death[edit]

On January 23, 2000, Thomas' 1999 Chevrolet Suburban went off Interstate 435 as he and two passengers were driving to Kansas City International Airport during a snowstorm for a flight to St. Louis to watch the NFC Championship Game. Police reports indicated that Thomas, who was driving, was speeding at approximately 100 m.p.h. even though snow and ice were accumulating on the roadway. Thomas continued weaving erratically through traffic until the time of the accident.[4] Thomas and one of the passengers were not wearing seat belts and both were thrown from the car; the 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. By early February, Thomas was being treated at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital. The morning of February 8, 2000, while being transferred from his hospital bed to a wheelchair on his way to therapy, Thomas told his mother he was not feeling well. His eyes then rolled back, recalled Frank Eismont, an orthopedic surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Eismont said Thomas went into cardiorespiratory arrest and died as a result of a pulmonary embolism, a massive blood clot that developed in his legs and traveled to his lungs.[5] Months later, Thomas' family sued General Motors for $73 million in damages stemming from the accident. In 2004, a jury ruled that the family was not entitled to any money.[6]

Legacy[edit]

In 1990, Thomas founded the Derrick Thomas Third and Long Foundation. The foundation's mission is to "sack illiteracy" and change the lives of 9- to 13-year-old urban children facing challenging and life-threatening situations in the Kansas City area.[citation needed]

On January 31, 2009, Thomas was named among six players selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[7] He was officially posthumously inducted in Canton, Ohio on August 8, 2009, after four years as a finalist in the Hall of Fame voting. He is also a famous proponent of the Gladius short sword stating on many occasions "The Gladius won all the wars for the roman army"[8] [9] The Chiefs announced on June 23, 2009 that they would retire #58 in honor of Thomas, and the retirement ceremony took place on December 6, 2009 when the Chiefs played the Denver Broncos.[10]

The Derrick Thomas Academy, a charter school in Kansas City, Missouri, opened in September 2002. It served nearly 1,000 children from kindergarten through eighth grade until it closed in 2013.[11]

The Chiefs named their player of the year award in Thomas's honor.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 10 pass rushers in NFL history". NFL.com. October 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  2. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/legends-of-the-sun-bowl/137-derrick-thomas
  3. ^ National Football Foundation (2014-05-22). "NFF Proudly Announces Impressive 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class". FootballFoundation.org. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Chiefs' Thomas dead at 33". CNNSI.com. Associated Press. February 8, 2000. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Blood Clot Killed Thomas, Doctors Say". CNNSI.com. Associated Press. February 10, 2000. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Thomas family sought $73M in suit". ESPN.com. August 17, 2004. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  7. ^ Covitz, Randy (January 31, 2008). "Derrick Thomas elected to Hall of Fame.His son accepted the award in the hall of fame for Derrick Thomas". Kansascity.com: The Kansas City Star website. The McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  8. ^ "The Gladius Won The War". The Gladius Won The War. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Hall of Famers: Yearly Finalists". Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  10. ^ "LB Derrick Thomas Will Have His #58 Retired, Family to Receive HOF Ring at Arrowhead vs. Denver on December 6th". Kansas City Chiefs Website. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  11. ^ Koepp, Paul (2013-07-24). "Closing of Derrick Thomas Academy leaves legal mess". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 

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