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Derrick Thomas


1967 Born January 1 in Miami, Florida, to Robert James Thomas and Edith Morgan
1972 Father's plane shot down by North Vietnamese on December 17
1980 Thomas' father declared legally dead
1981 Arrested for breaking into a store and sentenced to a school for troubled kids
1984 Earns All-League honors at South Miami High School
1985 Enters Alabama on scholarship to play with Crimson Tide
1989 Drafted fourth overall by Kansas City Chiefs
1990 Sets NFL single-game sack record by sacking Seattle QB David Krieg 7 times, forcing two fumbles
1990 Establishes the Third and Long Foundation, a charitable foundation focused on encouraging children to read and pursue their educational goals
1997 Injures left triceps tendon and is out for four games; still earns spot on Pro Bowl team by end of year
1998 Suspended for a week after being penalized three times in one defensive series in a game against Denver
1999 Playing as a pass-rusher, records only seven sacks
2000 Paralyzed on January 23 in car accident near Kansas City, Missouri
2000 Dies on February 8 from cardio-respiratory arrest

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