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New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe runs to elude the Kansas City Chiefs 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
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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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