KANSAS CITY, : Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon escapes from the grasp of Kansas City Chiefs’ Derrick Thomas during the first quarter 02 January 2000 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. AFP PHOTO/Dave KAUP (Photo credit should read DAVE KAUP/AFP/Getty Images)
63: Derrick Thomas makes sack history … again (1998)
One sack short of tying his own single-game record, Derrick Thomas cemented his spot in Chiefs and NFL history in the home-opener against the Oakland Raiders in 1998. Only four times in NFL history has a player recorded six sacks in one game…Thomas did it twice.
Of course, those who remember this game also remember one key moment of the performance. With less than two minutes to go, the Raiders were backed up close to their own end zone. Before the snap, Thomas signaled for a safety…then he delivered.
"Thomas would later tell KC sports writer, Bob Gretz: “Jeff asked me ‘Do you have to keep coming so hard every single play?…I just ignored him. I try to wreak havoc on every play.”"
It was the great games like this that make Thomas one of the greatest all-time Chiefs. Not just in terms of numbers, but in how he is remembered by fans. The performance itself was incredible. The fact that it came against the Raiders makes it perfect.
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