Must-see TV: Remembering the Chiefs’ Derrick Thomas
Fan or nonfan, most every installment of NFL Films’ A Football Life is worth an hour of your viewing time. It’s that good.
In the Kansas City area later this month, it’ll be must-see TV.
The twice-Emmy-nominated documentary hits on one of the most compelling chapters in the history of the hometown Chiefs, recalling both the brilliance and gone-too-soon tragedy that marked the life and career of All Pro linebacker Derrick Thomas. The episode airs Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. CT on the NFL Network.
It wasn’t just another headline in the newspaper or soberly delivered report on TV.
Chad Stover played high school football close to here, in the small, central Missouri town of Tipton. He’d turned 17 on November 8, just six days before he died without awakening from a hit he took near the end of a game on Halloween night – tragically underscoring an escalating debate over the safety of America’s favorite sport and whether, or how, it must evolve to survive.