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Chiefs to retire Derrick Thomas' number

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs will celebrate the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction of late linebacker Derrick Thomas this season by retiring his number.

Thomas' No. 58 will never be worn again in Kansas City. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in August. Former Kansas City general manager Carl Peterson will present Thomas into the Hall.

Thomas' family will receive his Hall of Fame ring at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 6 when the Chiefs host Denver. Thomas is the 10th Kansas City player to be inducted. Thomas died in 2000 because of complications following an auto accident. He had a franchise-record 126.5 sacks in a Kansas City career that spanned 1989-99.

Thomas was a revered figure in both the organization and in the Kansas City community. This enshrinement into the Hall of Fame is a major event for the Chiefs, so the jersey retirement is another reminder of how much Thomas is remembered in Kansas City.