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Remembering Derrick Thomas, 17 years later

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Derrick Thomas was in a car accident on January 23, 2000. More than two weeks later he was gone. DT passed away on February 8, 2000. 17 years later, we remember him...

Derrick Thomas came out of Alabama in 1989.

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Drafted 4th overall by the Chiefs, DT immediately lit it up.

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He was adored by fans because he was so generous with his time.

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And he was just so damn cool (back when backwards caps meant you were cool).

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It wasn't long before he went Pro Bowling.

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The best part was you could put him wherever you wanted.

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And he would get to the QB.

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He loved sacking QBs.

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Really, really good QBs, too.

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Sometimes more than once.

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And sometimes guys that are still famous (that's Jim Harbaugh).

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You never wanted to see him coming around the edge.

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Or bursting through the line.

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Because he might just end up taking the ball from you.

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Or drop you in the end zone.

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There was always the one that would get away.

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But whatever. He sacked him anyway.

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And kept sacking him. For a decade.

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The accident came and a few weeks later he was gone.

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But we didn't forget him.

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Neither did the rest of the world.

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Derrick Thomas: January 1, 1967 - February 8, 2000