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Chiefs Will Retire Derrick Thomas' Number

The Kansas City Chiefs announced earlier today that, on December 6, they’ll retire the number of linebacker Derrick Thomas.
Thomas will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in August, nearly a decade after his death.  The elite pass rusher was paralyzed in an auto accident after finishing his eleventh NFL season.  He died of a pulmonary embolism a couple of weeks later.
The number 58 will be set aside permanently by the Chiefs at halftime of a home game against the Broncos, and his family will be given his Hall of Fame ring at the same time.
The other numbers that have been retired by the Chiefs are:  3 (Jan Stenerud); 16 (Len Dawson); (18) Emmitt Thomas; 28 (Abner Haynes); 33 (Stone Johnson); 36 (Mack Lee Hill); 63 (Willie Lanier); 78 (Bobby Bell); and 86 (Buck Buchanan).

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23 Responses to “Chiefs Will Retire Derrick Thomas' Number”
  1. hayward giablommi says: Jun 23, 2009 10:27 PM

    Seems long overdue, in my opinion. The Chiefs defense never rebounded from his untimely loss.

  2. bigchiefblake says: Jun 23, 2009 10:28 PM

    Thats awesome! One of the greatest pass rushers ever.
    R.I.P. DT #58

  3. vegas42 says: Jun 23, 2009 10:28 PM

    At least they are doing it at halftime of a game they are almost guaranteed to win….

  4. gameday says: Jun 23, 2009 10:38 PM

    Good decision Chiefs.
    Derrick Thomas deserves it.

  5. journeyman says: Jun 23, 2009 10:44 PM

    Great move. You will always be remembered here in KC.

  6. Mangy66 says: Jun 23, 2009 10:56 PM

    This may be like a Florio Redskins “Rumor” (a.k.a. Completely Made Up)…
    But, I remember something about the Lions signing Thomas to an offer sheet, and the Chiefs matching the offer. If that indeed was the case, that was the best move KC made.
    Took them long enough to get him into the team’s hall of fame.

  7. raiduh68 says: Jun 23, 2009 11:14 PM

    He was a great player and it’s well deserved.

  8. titans_fan says: Jun 23, 2009 11:29 PM

    Its about damn time!

  9. blueblood98 says: Jun 23, 2009 11:51 PM

    I am a life long Giants fan but I have always compared D.T. to L.T. No one else comes close. RIP Derrick Thomas.

  10. ty@thelionsinwinter says: Jun 23, 2009 11:57 PM

    Let me add to the chorus of voices shouting, “What were you waiting for?”. I always thought they should have instituted the Roberto Clemente rule and put him in the Hall right away . . . oh, well, this’ll do, too.
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter

  11. Matt Hoover says: Jun 24, 2009 12:34 AM

    Good timing. After inducting his father into the Hall of Fame in August, Derrion Thomas will begin his college career at Missouri (last I read, anyway). I hope he forges his own legacy in the same way his father did – and that perhaps he one day ends up wearing red & gold! From what I hear, that young man is as solid as they come and has a lot of talent on the field to boot. Thank you DT for the fantastic memories!

  12. Golden_Monkey says: Jun 24, 2009 12:41 AM

    I’m not a KC fan but I was always a Derrick Thomas fan. A great player and a great man. What a shame he’s gone.

  13. KramersPalLomez says: Jun 24, 2009 1:09 AM

    Mangy: he was put in the team’s HOF shortly after he died. If you meant it took him long enough to get into the PrF football HOF, agreed.
    Thomas’ number hasn’t been used in KC since he died, so it isn’t exactly a new policy. But they haven’t had an official retirement thing until now.

  14. teef says: Jun 24, 2009 1:29 AM

    it was retired in practice.
    no one has used 58 since his death.

  15. jjared1101 says: Jun 24, 2009 1:44 AM

    Great player. Tragic death. A person worth remembering.

  16. bbq says: Jun 24, 2009 4:22 AM

    They finally did it.
    The Chiefs put Derrick Thomas in their Hall of Fame right after he died but never retired his number; however, no one has worn it since.
    Congrats 58! We miss you!

  17. Unsterblich856 says: Jun 24, 2009 4:34 AM

    Derrick Thomas was amazing. I’m surprised that they didn’t do this earlier, but better late than never.

  18. bigstretch says: Jun 24, 2009 8:30 AM

    Much respect to Derrick Thomas…..if only he had worn a seat belt we may have been celebrating his H.O.F. induction.
    buckle up people

  19. bigstretch says: Jun 24, 2009 8:31 AM

    meant celebrating with him….

  20. footballnut says: Jun 24, 2009 8:48 AM

    I became a huge Derrick Thomas fan when I was stationed in KS. Never a Chiefs fan, but this guy was a great player.
    It was unfortunate when the NFL lost this player and it is overdue for his number to be ‘officially’ retired by the Chiefs.
    Glad to see this…

  21. CORaider says: Jun 24, 2009 9:54 AM

    should have happened long ago. as a raiders fan i hated when we played against him because the guy was a beast.
    RIP DT

  22. smokesumpinbiotch says: Jun 24, 2009 10:20 AM


  23. lightninglucci says: Jun 24, 2009 10:37 AM

    I still remember that record-setting seven sack game against Seattle. Oddly enough, in the final seconds, Krieg escaped from Thomas’s grasp to avoid an eigth sack to throw the game winning TD. An awesome individual performance completely ruined by one missed play.

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