Some MCC-Maple Woods students are in for a rare treat. Derrion Thomas, the son of renowned Chiefs player Derrick Thomas, will be on campus to speak to students about overcoming challenges, managing time, setting goals, and the importance of education.
Derrion followed in his father’s footsteps and played football for Blue Springs South High School and the University of Missouri. He last suited up on the football field for the Missouri Tigers in 2012. Currently he is a trainer and owner of 58 Fitness in Kansas City.
Derrick Thomas, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Pro Bowl linebacker known for his ferocious play on the field and his charity work off it, is legendary here in Kansas City.
In his four years playing for the Crimson Tide, Thomas set Alabama single-game, season and career records for sacks and tackles for loss. A force on special teams also, Thomas holds the Alabama record for career blocked kicks. Following his senior season, Thomas was the fourth overall selection in the 1989 NFL Draft and went on to play 11 years with the Kansas City Chiefs, earning All-Pro honors six of those years and setting an NFL record for sacks in a game with seven against the Seattle Seahawks on Veterans Day 1990.
Then, on Feb. 8, 2000, Thomas’ life was cut short when he died from a massive blood clot, 16 days after he was paralyzed when he flipped his SUV on an icy Missouri interstate while speeding to catch a flight to St. Louis to watch the NFC championship game. He was 33 years young.
At MCC-Maple Woods, Derrion will talk about his father and the personal obstacles he has overcome to move forward. Derrion will also discuss his newfound passion of helping others get fit and in shape as well as what it takes to be a successful student athlete.
He will speak to student athletes enrolled in Jenny Steen’s College 100 course Nov. 11 and Nov. 16. (Note that these classes are not open to the public.)
Steen is an academic advisor at MCC-Maple Woods who also teaches College 100. The course is part of a program MCC rolled out in 2012. It is required of all incoming freshmen and designed to give them the tools they need to be successful in higher education. In College 100, students learn study habit techniques and time management tools and go over resources available to MCC students.