Thomas plays tribute to father on the field

Updated: December 2, 2008, 1:05 PM ET
By Robert Mays | Special to ESPNRISE.com

ST. LOUIS -- Every time Derrion Thomas steps onto the field, thoughts of his father are close to his heart.

Not because he went to nine Pro Bowls, and not because Derrion longs for the football wisdom a man with 126 career sacks could have provided. But just because he was Dad. The same kind of dad every 18-year-old tries to spot in the stands at the start of each game.

"When you're in the locker room and you think about all the people that are out there -- all the people ...

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