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Lessons learned from Thomas situation

When Derrick Thomas died two years ago he left a financial mess that served as a wake-up call to athletes throughout professional sports.

Updated: January 31, 2002, 5:15 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

Inside the Arrowhead Stadium clubhouse of the Kansas City Chiefs, the locker of Derrick Thomas still remains intact.

There, encased behind a thin sheet of glass, is Thomas' No. 58 jersey, his red Chiefs helmet, his grass-stained cleats, a pair of shiny shoulder pads, and piles of other football gear.

But these aren't the only memories people have of the tenacious linebacker. In the 12 months that have passed since his tragic death on Feb. 8, 2000, various reports have cast dark shadows ...

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