View Full Version : Derrick Thomas Died 7 Years Ago Today

Arrowhead Pride
02-08-2007, 09:06 AM
Here's to the greatest defensive player the Chiefs have ever had.

02-08-2007, 09:15 AM
Hope your still RIP blitzing your days away...

Radar Chief
02-08-2007, 09:16 AM
Damn, itís been 7 years already? I still remember it like it happened last week.

02-08-2007, 09:18 AM
7 years today wow.

02-08-2007, 09:37 AM

02-08-2007, 09:42 AM
I heard the radio news lead in "A light has gone out, in the NFL..." broke my heart, RIP DT

02-08-2007, 09:44 AM

02-08-2007, 09:52 AM
I don't know if he is THE greatest Chiefs defensive player ever.

Certainly one of the best, though.


dirk digler
02-08-2007, 09:54 AM
RIP DT We all miss you.

02-08-2007, 10:03 AM
They double-teamed Buck Buchanon, DT got around the corner and dropped Unitas for an 8 yard loss.

02-08-2007, 10:23 AM
We miss you

02-08-2007, 10:40 AM
I still remember where I was when I read the online article. in a training room at the fire acadamy, I got in early that morning, did some extra physical training, was reading emails and checking the news while I cooled down and was about to jump in the shower. I hadn't even heard about the wreck, just read it all that morning, didn't really believe it until the season started and he wasn't there.

I sent Peter King the JoPo article and even a quote from someone here, I would have given credit if I was able, "good players on great teams make the HOF before great players on good teams." and added that while football is a team sport, the HOF is for individual achievement.

he must be related to UNAW because he ignored me too.

damn shame that he didn't get in. great video Gonzo. Loved it

I think my best memory is watching him call for the safety against Oakland and then getting it.

02-08-2007, 10:47 AM
3rd and long has never been the same

02-08-2007, 10:52 AM

Click on Derrick Thomas video Tribute and turn up your sound

02-08-2007, 11:05 AM

Forever 58

02-08-2007, 11:18 AM
The worst part of it for me is that I never got to see him play.

02-08-2007, 11:53 AM
One of the greatest LB to play for the Chiefs and the NFL !!!!!! We still miss you!!!!!

L.A. Chieffan
02-08-2007, 12:26 PM
I love the ones where he's crushing Elway. Elways #1 nemisis.
Miss ya 58

02-08-2007, 12:30 PM
I miss the 90's defense, that was one hell of a group.


El Jefe
02-08-2007, 12:55 PM

The Dude Abides
02-08-2007, 01:11 PM
Miss you 58. I think he watches over Arrowhead.

the Talking Can
02-08-2007, 03:53 PM

02-08-2007, 04:19 PM
Same day as Anna Nicole's death

02-08-2007, 04:22 PM
I wear his number on a tattoo on my arm in his honor. If the Chiefs ever get a SB, my wife say's she's getting a chiefs tattoo also.

02-08-2007, 04:48 PM
I wear his number on a tattoo on my arm in his honor. If the Chiefs ever get a SB, my wife say's she's getting a chiefs tattoo also.
I would like to see that tattoo

02-08-2007, 04:53 PM
RIP...Maybe the forum name should change today to honor DT.

02-08-2007, 04:58 PM
I remember where I was when I heard the news of DT's death. What a shocking moment. I am glad that we still pay tribute to him and that JoPo wrote such a great article about why he needs to be in the Hall of Fame.

02-08-2007, 04:59 PM
Not a better subject I can think of for my first post, In memory of D.T. my favorite player of all time, RIP! I was heartbroken when I was told about the news of his death, hard to believe it was so long ago though.

02-08-2007, 05:00 PM
RIP...Maybe the forum name should change today to honor DT.

I second that, a good idea.

maybe 58's room

or DT's locker

02-08-2007, 05:06 PM

02-08-2007, 06:02 PM

02-08-2007, 06:10 PM
I found this on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derrick_Thomas

[edit] In Remembrance
A bright light goes dark too soon...... He would get up early on Saturday mornings, drive to the local library and read to children he didn't know.

He would walk into the hospital with teddy bears in both arms and cry when the parents would call later and tell him their boy had died clutching his football card to his chest. He would go from locker to locker, demanding at least $100 from each of his rich teammates because this was the week he had decided he wanted to raise $14,000 to feed 750 families. He would pay to send 18 strangers to college, just because, and he would write a single check to cover the $61,500 in library fines accrued by Kansas City kids. He would be on his way to practice, making a cell phone call to McDonald's here and another to Hyatt there, and next thing you know 700 inner-city Miami kids were at a camp instead of on the streets.

Derrick Thomas would . . .

"He would do so much that nobody knew about, Dorecia Tepe said Tuesday afternoon, just after learning Thomas had died. ``I can tell you he was like an angel God sent to protect our son. You want to know how valuable a man we lost Tuesday? Dorecia Tepe can tell you, between the sobs. Her boy had AIDS. Philip was dying a lonely, painful death in 1994. An entire basketball tournaments being canceled in Lone Wolf, Okla., because nobody wanted to play with her son, this adorable little outcast. Derrick Thomas wasn't the type of man who would just read about this in the newspaper. Derrick Thomas was the type of man who would go out and fix it. So Thomas sent Philip tickets to one of his games, plus a limo to pick him up. He took Philip golfing, buying his clubs and bags and shoes. He sent him a Sega and a football signed by Joe Montana for Christmas. And all those kids in Lone Wolf, Okla., you should have seen how jealous they got when the picture appeared in the local newspaper, Derrick Thomas rubbing Philip's head at a charity game. Philip didn't need to play basketball with those kids anymore because, well, he was playing with Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas.

"He helped my son so much, Dorecia Tepe said Tuesday. "Derrick was like a bright light in our life when things felt very dark. How many people as important as Derrick would take time out of their busy schedules to make time for a young man they didn't even know? He held a very special place in our hearts, the way he cared, and he did that for a lot of people, not just us. I just wrote him a letter the other day reminding him how much we loved him.

Cringing and convulsing and crying, the pain unbearable, Philip knew he didn't have much time left in March of 1994. His mother says today that she is convinced, no doubt, that Philip was waiting to see Thomas one more time before he died. So Thomas came in on a Tuesday, arriving on a plane he borrowed from a friend, and gave Philip one of his All-Pro jerseys -- the only time he had ever given one of those away. Philip smiled and wept. He died less than 48 hours later.

"Why does this have to happen to someone like Derrick? Dorecia said through the sobs Tuesday. "Why? Why? Why? Why do we have to lose his kind? We didn't merely lose a local success story or a football star Tuesday morning. What we lost was a hero.

Thomas grew up in Miami with a whole lot of anger, losing his father at the age of 5 when the surface-to-air missile hit the B-52 Stratofortress over Vietnam. Derrick was arrested twice, for burglarizing a home and stealing a car, and was so bad that his mother and grandmother would spend their nights praying in the darkness, hoping he wasn't at the other end of those gunshots and sirens. Thomas' mother knew her husband's death had scarred Derrick, but she didn't know how deeply until hearing Derrick talk about it on television . . . from the White House, where Derrick's Third and Long Foundation was being honored as the 832nd of President Bush's 1,000 points of light.

An interesting thing happened to Thomas on the path toward lifelong delinquency. So many South Florida judges and teachers and coaches and parents stepped in his way, guiding him in another direction, that he later dedicated his life to doing the same, which is why he was always in those libraries and hospitals. ``People cared for me, so now I care back, Thomas told me back in 1998. "It's not important what I do in this game. What matters is 20 years from now, if I'm walking down the street and a doctor or lawyer or teacher says I made a difference in their life. Having the most sacks in NFL history? That'll be great. Winning a Super Bowl? That'll be great. Breaking the single-season sack record? That'll be great. But I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference.

You'll forever be remembered that way by an awful lot of people, Derrick. Like Dorecia Tepe, for example. Because friends told her she should bury her son Philip in a suit. But she chose a Chiefs jersey.

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02-08-2007, 07:52 PM
Continue to rest in peace DT.

02-08-2007, 09:12 PM
somewhere in heaven DT is blitzing qb's and impregnating random women. RIP DT

Tribal Warfare
02-08-2007, 09:29 PM
Damn, itís been 7 years already? I still remember it like it happened last week.

yep, me too

02-08-2007, 09:57 PM
The world needs more people like DT.

big nasty kcnut
02-08-2007, 11:21 PM

02-08-2007, 11:37 PM
I remember when they announced it on the radio. I had to pull the car over, I was in shock. He was a class act and a blast to be around.

Hammock Parties
02-09-2007, 12:00 AM
Man, that was my freshman year of highschool and our math teacher told the class and i started crying. I remember them saying that DT could still possibly play the next year... Man, it still sucks hes gone...

02-09-2007, 12:06 AM
Man, that was my freshman year of highschool and our math teacher told the class and i started crying. I remember them saying that DT could still possibly play the next year... Man, it still sucks hes gone...

Knowing that he was the best pass rushing LB in the league I wonder how many records he would have shattered.

Considering his friendship with King Carl and Lamar he would have been here far beyond his peak and likely to the point he was just a solid sacker.

If you doubt the impact of DT look at the turnover we've had at LB since he's passed. By far the least patient we've been with talent by position...