41 Facts About Derrick Thomas

1. On February 8, 2000, Derrick Thomas died from a massive blood clot that developed in his paralyzed lower extremities and traveled to his lungs.

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2. On January 23, 2000, Derrick Thomas was on his way to Kansas City International Airport, when his SUV went off road because of snowy conditions.

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3. Derrick Thomas was selected with the 4th overall selection in the 1989 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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4. Derrick Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

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5. Derrick Thomas died tragically from a blood clot that resulted from a car accident in February of 2000.

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6. In 1993, Derrick Thomas was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award recipient, honoring his volunteer and charity work as well as his excellence on the field.

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7. Derrick Thomas came to the heartland of America, and it was here that he gave his heart.

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8. Derrick Thomas was paralyzed and his friend and business partner, Michael Tellis, died instantly.

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9. Derrick Thomas was hurrying through traffic in his Chevrolet Suburban on his way to the airport when his vehicle hit a patch of ice and flipped over several times, Thomas and a friend were thrown from the vehicle.

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10. In 1993, Derrick Thomas was named the NFL Man of the Year for his efforts both on the field and with the Third and Long Foundation.

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11. Derrick Thomas became further identified with the cause of Vietnam veterans after giving the keynote speech at Memorial Day services in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument.

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12. In 1991, Derrick Thomas earned his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.

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13. Derrick Thomas started in his second Pro Bowl after leading the NFL with 20 sacks.

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14. Derrick Thomas went on to earn the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award from the Associated Press.

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15. At the age of 14, Derrick Thomas was arrested for burglary and sent to the Dade Marine Institute, a boot camp program which served as a last option for young offenders before sending them to prison.

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16. Derrick Thomas was raised in South Miami by his mother, Edith Morgan, and her foster mother Annie Adams.

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17. Derrick Thomas was born on January 1, 1967 in Miami, Florida, and would become one of the most dominating defensive players in the history of the National Football League.

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18. In 1994, his sixth season in the NFL, Derrick Thomas would become the Chiefs' all time sack leader with 72.5 sacks.

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19. Derrick Thomas established a Chiefs record for sacks in only his second season, and forced many fumbles, helping turn the Kansas City defense into one of the best in the league.

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20. Derrick Thomas helped usher in a new era for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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21. Derrick Thomas made an immediate impact, recording ten sacks and fifty-five quarterback pressures.

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22. Derrick Thomas was born on January 1, 1967, in Miami, Florida.

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23. Derrick Thomas is considering a career in psychology or mechanical engineering, while Shelton plans to pursue mechanical or civil engineering.

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24. Derrick Thomas is considering a career in psychology or mechanical engineering, and Shelton plans to pursue mechanical or civil engineering.

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25. Derrick Thomas said they have accelerated programs to make sure students can excel.

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26. Derrick Thomas was officially posthumously inducted in Canton, Ohio on August 8, 2009, after four years as a finalist in the Hall of Fame voting.

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27. On January 31, 2009, Derrick Thomas was named among six players selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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

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29. Derrick Thomas established Chiefs career records for sacks, safeties, fumble recoveries, and forced fumbles.

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30. Derrick Thomas is the seventh all-time tackler in Chiefs' history with 642 career tackles.

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31. Derrick Thomas is one of 32 NFL players to achieve 100 or more sacks, and ranks as the Chiefs' all-time sack leader with 126.5.

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32. Derrick Thomas totaled 126.5 sacks in his career, and as of the start of the 2017 NFL season, holds the single game record of seven quarterback sacks, a feat which occurred against Seattle's Dave Krieg on 1990 Veterans Day.

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33. Derrick Thomas was known for his ability to sack the quarterback and was named a First Team All-Pro two times, Second Team All-Pro four times, and was voted to nine Pro Bowls in his 11-year career.

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34. Derrick Thomas was the first Chiefs' linebacker to be elected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie since Hall of Fame player Bobby Bell.

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35. Derrick Thomas would remain with the Chiefs for his entire career.

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36. Derrick Thomas was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

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37. Derrick Thomas currently holds the single season NCAA FBS sack record with 27 and what was the career sack record with 52 career sacks.

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38. Derrick Thomas started playing football when he was three years old, and played his high school football at South Miami Senior High School.

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39. Derrick Thomas was inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

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40. On February 8, 2000, Derrick Thomas died from a blood clot that developed in his paralyzed legs and traveled to his lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

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41. Derrick Thomas played his entire 11-year career with the Chiefs after being drafted fourth overall in the 1989 NFL Draft.

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