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Derrick Thomas

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The Hall of Fame linebacker died at 33 on Feb. 8, 2000, a few weeks after he was paralyzed in a car accident. Thomas suffered a fatal heart attack in the hospital. His car had flipped on an icy road as he drove to airport for a flight from Kansas City — where he played 11 years for the Chiefs — to St. Louis to see the NFC Championship Game.

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