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).

23 responses to “Chiefs Will Retire Derrick Thomas' Number

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
    Peace
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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

  11. 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…

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

  13. IT’S WONDERFUL NEWS! NOW LET’S GET JOHN ELWAY 2 PRESENT D.T.’S FAMILY WITH THE RING & ASK HIM 2 RE-ENACT THE CONSTIPATED LOOK OF PAIN HE HAD ON HIS FACE EVERYTIME #58 PUT HIM THRU THE GROUND!

  14. 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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