Welcome Back, Emmitt


In 1966 the Chiefs signed a free agent out of  now extinct Bishop College. Much to everyone’s amazement he made the roster returned kicks and backed the left corner Fred the Hammer Williamson. Two years later The Hammer left K.C for Hollywood leaving the free agent to team with a first round draft choice Jim Marsailis on the right to form a dynamic corner duo.

During the next 11 years Mr. Thomas would be a “lockdown corner” leaving a legacy of records. He is the Chiefs all-time leader in interceptions at 59 and despite playing in a run oriented NFL is still 9th in all-time Interceptions.I remember number 18 blanketing many receivers and being a ball-hawking defender.

After a brilliant career Emmitt began a lengthy coaching career serving as defensive coordinator at Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and most recently with the Atlanta Falcons. His poise and leadership where demonstrated in Atlanta when Bobby Petrino walked out on his team in the middle of the season. Emmitt Thomas became interim head coach and calmed the storm and lead the discouraged Falcons to a season ending victory over Seattle.

Emmitt Thomas arose from humble beginnings, from a small African-America Baptist School, to become a hall of famer and a highly regarded coach and leader of men. The Chiefs have made a great addition to their staff!! Welcome Back Mr. Thomas.