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Chiefs Great Derrick Thomas To Be Featured On “A Football Life”

Derrick Thomas left Chiefs Kingdom far too early, but Chiefs fans, his fans and NFL fans in general will be able to relive memories of the former Chiefs great on September, 24th. He’ll be featured on the popular NFL Network Series “A Football Life”.

If you haven’t seen the series, it’s basically an hour-long documentary on a prolific person in the NFL world. The most popular was probably the feature on Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick, but this season may end up toping that.

According to the press release from NFL communications, this season will feature LaDainian Tomlinson, Pat Summerall, Steve Sabol, Warren Sapp and Randall Cunningham among others.

This season will also have a 30 minute “A Football Life: Backstory”  program after the show, which will feature “a deeper look into the lives and story of each subject”, per the release.

Thomas was a nine time Pro Bowl linebacker for Kansas City, known for his ability to rush the passer. In 11 NFL seasons, all with the Chiefs, he totaled 126.5 sacks, 41 forced fumbles and 19 fumble recoveries. In the 1990 season, he notched 20 sacks, which is incredible. (

Tragically, Thomas died of a heart attack in 2000, which came just weeks after he was paralyzed in a car crash. He was only 33 years old.

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  • kcpauly

    Still miss DT like it just happened yesterday, one of the classiest players ever, and one of the all time best to ever suit up, I am glad NFL Network is featuring him, and Thank you Andy for letting me know I will be setting my DVR for sure…..
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jack Thomas

    I was 13 when he died, I never cried before or after his death, but he was my favorite football player of all time and I cried like ababy

    • Jack Thomas

      For an athlete

  • Jack Thomas

    I was 13 when he died, I never cried before or after his death, but he was my favorite football player of all time and I cried like ababy

  • Dustin Matz

    I can’t wait for this episode!! I was 13 when he passed away and I still get choked up watching shows or speeches about him, especially if Marty is the one talking. I was really impressed with Carl Peterson’s speech for his hall of fame induction too. I acquired two of his autographs this year and love them. #58 forever. Looking forward to this episode!

  • aelder027

    I remember bawling my eyes out when he died……. I was 14 years old he was my favorite player and I still wear his jersey proudly!!

  • Rich Cooper

    Talents like the sublime DerrickThomas do not come along all that often. During his time in the league few had his ability to take over a game as he could. Derrick, much like Joe Delany, left us and our beloved Chiefs way too soon. As Chiefs fans Derrick brightened our lives and gave us great joy and memories to cherish. I am looking forward to the joy and memories that will continue to be made by current and future Chiefs. Hail to our Chiefs of the past, present, and future.

  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    I was a college freshman and remember being in disbelief until I seen him in the wheel chair at the hospital on the news with a smile on his face…I’m like DT will be alright until we got the report of the blood clot… I still remember DT’s game vs Oakland were he was killing Jeff George and would of broke his record but Gun pilled in the 3rd..RIP DT your still missed