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Old 06-15-2009, 11:10 PM  
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Steve Penn: Derrick Thomas’ son is tackling his own path

Derrick Thomas’ son is tackling his own path
By STEVE PENN
The Kansas City Star

It’s been the Southeastern Conference versus the Big 12. Crimson Tide versus the Tigers. And for Derrion Thomas, the Tigers have the edge.

Thomas, a football standout at Blue Springs South High School, is close to making a decision on which college he’ll attend. The son of the late Kansas City Chief Derrick Thomas had considered the University of Alabama, where his father played. Now he’s strongly leaning toward the University of Missouri.

“It’s the top choice for now,” Thomas said over the weekend. “I’ve had a lot more communication with them. There’s just more of a connection to Missouri.”

Thomas will have a busy summer. While Carl Peterson, the former president and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs, will present the late Derrick Thomas to the Hall of Fame for induction in August, Derrion Thomas will accept the trophy and render his own remarks.

He had started to prepare his speech for Canton, Ohio.

“I haven’t had a chance to finish yet,” Thomas said. “Obviously, I’ll focus on some of his career. The biggest thing for me that I need to focus on is the person that he was. There’s all the misconceptions out there. I think it will be a great opportunity to just clear that up.”

Attorney Kevin Regan has served as a sort of surrogate father to Derrion.

“I love him like a son,” Regan said. “We’ve been tight a long time. If Derrion Thomas goes to the University of Missouri, it will be the university’s gain on a very large scale. This is one squared-away young man. He’s grown up with some very adverse circumstances, with his dad passing in his formative years. Yet he’s been able to overcome that.”

Regan said Derrion has not only survived, he’s excelled in life and in athletics.

“I’ve enjoyed watching him grow up into this wonderful young man,” Regan said.

Thomas would like to study sports marketing at MU. He wants to become a sports agent.

“Football is something I like to do and pursue in college,” Thomas said. “But as far as after that, I’m not really sure.”

Thomas plans on redshirting his first year. He’ll move from defensive end and wide receiver to outside linebacker. He’s 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 208 pounds. He’ll try to put on another 10 to 15 pounds this summer.

As a senior this past football season, he was sometimes dominating. He recorded 15 sacks and guided his team to the 6A state championship game.

At Alabama, he would have been compared to his father. At the University of Missouri, there won’t be any such expectations. At MU, he just has to be Derrion Thomas.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:54 PM   #2
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At Alabama, he would have been compared to his father. At the University of Missouri, there won’t be any such expectations.
Um, gonna have to dispute this. At Rutgers or something, maybe this would be true. Maybe.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:15 AM   #3
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This guy has some serious potential. Swam for 3 years (to practice his father's swim move) played one year and had 15 sacks as a 200 pound DE. If he can get into the 230's I think he has the tools to be an outstanding OLB. Tiger fans can only hope he's 1/2 the player his dad was.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:19 AM   #4
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:31 AM   #5
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I agree UP. I don't think anyone has high expectations for him but the comparisons will always be brought up. It's like that for every athlete following his parents footsteps.
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:31 AM   #6
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It's laughable to think that he won't be compared to his father at Missouri...um, hello? His father played for the Chiefs...

Good luck Darrion.
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:53 AM   #7
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Wonder if he still wears Derricks old shoulder pads. I remember reading an article where he was given them and that they fit almost perfectly and he had some amazing games while wearing them.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:58 AM   #8
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Interesting.

I follow MU's recruiting pretty closely, and the rumor was that Derrion was headed the JuCo route because of grades.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:59 AM   #9
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I'm confused. If he's finished high school, as the article states, why hasn't he selected a college yet?
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:41 AM   #10
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I'm confused. If he's finished high school, as the article states, why hasn't he selected a college yet?
Eau contraire, mon ami...

Why has not indeed a college selected HIM?
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:49 AM   #11
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It seems like this kind of came out of nowhere. I heard a few months ago that he planned to walk-on at Alabama and that was that. I'd be glad to have him at MU though.

And yes, UP is right, of course...he would still be compared to his Dad at MU.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:19 AM   #13
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It's laughable to think that he won't be compared to his father at Missouri...um, hello? His father played for the Chiefs...

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Old 06-16-2009, 09:24 AM   #14
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It seems like this kind of came out of nowhere. I heard a few months ago that he planned to walk-on at Alabama and that was that. I'd be glad to have him at MU though.

And yes, UP is right, of course...he would still be compared to his Dad at MU.
Where could he go and not be compared to his dad?
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