Derek Thomas Finds Place In Hall Of Fame

August 9th, 2009 - 6:30 pm ICT by GD  

drekThe late footballer Derek Thomas whose devastating death tragedy in a car accident (February 2000) left an irreplaceable void on the football field was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame posthumously along with Dallas Cowboys receiver Bob Hayes. It left his fans breathing a sigh of a contentment.

“He was an impact player, and those people don’t come around that often”, said former Chiefs Len Dawson, a Hall of Fame memeber. “He’s somebody that could change the outcome of a game, and there’s just not those many of those guys. He had that kind of ability. If you didn’t control Derrick Thomas, he was going to control you. You just don’t find them that often. That’s the problem.”

When the team stumbled on Jared Allen of Idaho State -one of the best pass rusher leading NFL in sacks with 15 1/2 in 2007 Chiefs President Denny Thum is reported to have added in nostalgic comparison, “He was a very different type of player who’s done well with Minnesota Vikings.”

“You can look through our drafts. We tried to help ourselves on the defensive side of the ball. Without question you win football games by playing defense first.That sets the tone for a football team . During the time after Derrick’s passing , we tried to go ahead and help ourselves on the defensive side of the ball. It’s impossible to say you can replace someone as great as Derrick Thomas.”

The player left no will when he died and his net assets of 1.16 million is being claimed via a series of litigation by family. He has got more than 100 sacks and in fact this has put him in an exclusive list of 22 players who have been able to achieve this rare feat. He is ranked 5thwith his 649 tackles in the history of the Chiefs.

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