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Dee Ford pays homage to Derrick Thomas

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After the Chiefs selected pass rusher Dee Ford in round one, owner Clark Hunt came dangerously close to comparing Ford to the late Derrick Thomas.

Ford has opted for a more direct reference.  With Ford’s college number 30 unavailable at the next level due to the league’s jersey rules, Ford went another way, opting for 55.

“This is Derrick Thomas’ college number,” Ford said.  “It’s all good. I’m not trying to be Derrick Thomas, but he’s a guy that definitely inspired me. The opportunity presented itself, so I took it.”

Ford played at Auburn, which could cause his decision to pay homage to a former Alabama player raise some eyebrows locally.  Ford and the Chiefs are more concerned about his ability to raise eyebrows in the NFL.

“[H]e did a nice job today,” coach Andy Reid told reporters.  “You get to see how explosive he is and again, we’re not in pads here.  But, he did a good job.”

Not good enough for Ford, yet.

“I give it a C,” he said.  “There is always room for improvement.  I don’t want to feel like I’ve arrived.  I want to stay grounded and just learn.  You can never learn too much.  You always have to stay at the C.”

If he can do what the Chiefs hope he can do, he’ll soon be wearing the C, right above his new number 55.

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17 Responses to “Dee Ford pays homage to Derrick Thomas”
  1. txraiderfan says: May 25, 2014 9:26 AM

    I think this guy is going to be really good. I’ll hate facing him 2x per year.

  2. 505c says: May 25, 2014 9:27 AM

    That’s a good place to start.

  3. avbanig33 says: May 25, 2014 9:32 AM

    That’s awesome! I hope he plays like him. I’ve always liked him as a player

  4. greymares says: May 25, 2014 10:27 AM

    Will he be playing DE or LB because Andy Reids record with LB’s is not so good

  5. Smarterthanyou says: May 25, 2014 10:45 AM

    The Chiefs had the best draft.

  6. Smarterthanyou says: May 25, 2014 10:55 AM

    Dee Ford>Anthony Barr>Khalil Mack

  7. Tarkus says: May 25, 2014 11:02 AM

    Will he be playing DE or LB because Andy Reids record with LB’s is not so good

    He’ll be playing LB, and Reid sent 3 LBs to the Pro Bowl last year.

  8. jredshoes says: May 25, 2014 11:09 AM

    Can’t wait to see the old man in Denver trying to escape the 3 headed monster of Ford, Houston and Hali

  9. 4evrnyt says: May 25, 2014 11:47 AM

    Dee Ford the undersized player that couldn’t manage to stay healthy for a single full season of College and people expect him to last in the NFL how?

    He’ll be out of the league on an injury settlement in 3 years.

  10. dhardy8207 says: May 25, 2014 1:53 PM

    Why should acknowledging a player from the past raise eyebrows here in BAMA?. I think he’s smart for recognizing what the significance of wearing that number for the Chiefs means.

    If any fans of the “Battle Chickens” are mifted about that they’re idiots. Bama fans have always recognized Bo Jackson as one of the best and he came out of Auburn…

    As a BAMA fan I wish him the best of luck!

  11. notthetroll says: May 25, 2014 2:33 PM

    Thomas had the unfortunate luck to be playing in a league with LT. That doesn’t diminish in any way how good he was.

  12. thetwilightsown says: May 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    Lifelong Raider fans who actually watch football know that Derrick Thomas was a truly one-of-a-kind player. Respect to him but, just like Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr… Ford has to earn it.

  13. bornahawker says: May 25, 2014 7:24 PM

    Dee Ford cannot even hold DT’s jock let alone fit into it. Shut your mouth and play rookie! Give us 3 years of production then flap your jibs. Who said rookies could talk? The vets need to pancake this fool as soon as possible.

  14. txraiderfan says: May 25, 2014 8:39 PM

    Dee Ford may be better than Mack?

  15. txraiderfan says: May 25, 2014 8:40 PM

    Dee Ford may be better than Mack? More limited, but slightly better at rushing the passer.

  16. raiderapologist says: May 25, 2014 10:35 PM

    Smarterthanyou says: May 25, 2014 10:55 AM

    Dee Ford>Anthony Barr>Khalil Mack
    —————–
    You sound like a Vikings fan.

  17. stevekilla420 says: May 25, 2014 11:20 PM

    Kalil Mack is by far the best OLB taken in the draft and is prob gonna end up the best pass rusher period even over clowney dee ford shouldnt even be in the conversion

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