Chiefs to retire No. 58

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 24 (UPI) -- The NFL's Kansas City Chiefs will retire No. 58 worn by former star linebacker Derrick Thomas posthumously Dec. 6.

Six new members named to NFL Hall of Fame

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Six new members will be inducted Aug. 8 into the 2009 National Football League Hall of Fame.
17 Pro Hall of Fame finalists named

17 Pro Hall of Fame finalists named

CANTON, Ohio, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Tuesday announced 17 finalists for its Class of 2009, including four in their first year of eligibility.

List trimmed for Pro Football Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Cris Carter and Darrell Green were the only first-year eligible players to make the semifinal list Wednesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NFL: N.Y. Giants 16, Philadelphia 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Osi Umenyiora racked up a franchise-record six sacks Sunday night, as the New York Giants beat Philadelphia, 16-3.

Tagliabue a Hall of Fame finalist

CANTON, Ohio, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Paul Tagliabue, who stepped down last year as commissioner of the NFL, was one of 17 people named Wednesday as finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Football Hall of Fame lists semifinalists

CANTON, Ohio, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Denver running back Terrell Davis is one of the first-year players among 25 semifinalists considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Aikman, White among Hall of Fame finalists

CANTON, Ohio, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Troy Aikman and the late Reggie White Wednesday were among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2006.

Thomas family loses suit against Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The family of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas Tuesday lost its lawsuit against the team.

Finalists named for Lombardi Award

HOUSTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Southeastern Conference standouts David Pollack of Georgia and Shawn Andrews of Arkansas were among the four finalists named for the Lombardi Award on Tuesday.


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Titans LB Kearse out with injury

MEMPHIS, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Tennessee Titans learned before their exhibition game against Oakland Thursday night that they will have to live without veteran linebacker Jevon Kearse pos

WR Derrick Alexander signs with Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, June 7 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Vikings Friday agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent wide receiver Derrick Alexander, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs for the past fo
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Derrick Thomas
FOX98101105 - 11 OCTOBER 1998 - FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA: New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, left, runs to elude the Kansas City Chiefs Derrick Thomas during a Sunday afternoon game, October 11, at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts that New England won 40-10. UPI iw/Lee K. Marriner


Derrick Vincent Thomas (January 1, 1967 – February 8, 2000), nicknamed D.T., was an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played his entire 11-year career for the Chiefs after being drafted 4th overall in the 1989 NFL Draft. Thomas, part of the class of 2009 entering the 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. On February 8, 2000, Thomas died from a massive blood clot that developed in his paralyzed lower extremities and traveled to his lungs. His paralysis was the result of severe injuries sustained in a car accident weeks earlier.

Born in Miami, Florida, Thomas was raised by his mother, Edith Morgan; his father, Air Force Captain and 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.

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