DT And His Alabama Workout

This story will appear in the program for the Pro Football hall of Fame game and induction ceremonies this weekend in Canton, Ohio. It was my pleasure to write this piece and reminiscence with three key figures in Derrick Thomas life about that moment when they understood they had found someone special. The photos are all from Kansas City’s best, Hank Young.

It was a cloudy, muggy day, pretty much standard issue when it comes to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the month of March.

At the football complex on the campus of the University of Alabama, a handful of men gathered on the artificial turf practice field. Some wore shorts and t-shirts, prepared for physical activity and football drills. Others wore slacks and polo shirts, there to watch the workout.

They had come together at this time and place because of one man: Derrick Thomas.

By the time his career ended with his death in February 2000, Thomas left a lengthy highlight tape of sacks, tackles, turnovers, touchdowns and safeties. There was his rookie season when he had 10 sacks and his second year when he doubled that number, including a still-league record seven sacks in one game against the Seahawks. There were his six sacks against the Raiders in his 10th season. There were the remarkable 45 fumbles he forced and 65 total takeaways.

All those accomplishments led to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the class of 2009.

Unfortunately, there is no film or tape of that Tuscaloosa day in March 1989. But what went down that day was a Derrick Thomas highlight that Carl Peterson, Marty Schottenheimer and Bill Cowher will never forget.

Peterson was just months into what would be 20-year tenure as President/General Manager of the Chiefs. Schottenheimer had come on board two months before as the seventh head coach in team history, a job he would hold for a decade. Cowher was not yet 32 years old and preparing for his first season as a defensive coordinator. Within three years he would be head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The trio had come together in Kansas City where they inherited a 4-11-1 football team and a franchise that had made the playoffs just once in the previous 17 seasons. It was going to be one of the most extensive rebuilding projects in NFL history and the 1989 Draft was a big part of the plan.

The Chiefs had the fourth choice in the first round, and there were a handful of players under consideration for the pick. On the radar screen were UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders, Florida State cornerback Deion Sanders, Michigan State offensive tackle Tony Mandarich and a pair of linebackers named Thomas, Derrick from Alabama and Broderick from Nebraska.

At the NFL Combine that February, Derrick Thomas made an appearance, ran the 40-yard dash and then at the suggestion of his agent, he did not take part in any of the drills. That decision got under Peterson’s skin. When he was in the personnel department of the Philadelphia Eagles in the late 1970s, Peterson helped push through the concept of the Combine, where potential draft picks would all come to one place and work out for all NFL teams.

“We interviewed him and tried to talk him into working out,” Peterson remembered. “He didn’t and I was very upset, as I was with all the college players who came to the Combine at our expense but refused to work out.”

Peterson was especially disappointed because he believed the fastest way to turnaround the Chiefs franchise was to build a dominating defense and scouts felt Thomas could be that type of player. Peterson had seen some of that himself during the fall of 1988, when he attended the Auburn-Alabama game as an interested fan.

“I saw this guy play a phenomenal game,” Peterson said. “I think he had two or three sacks, blocked a punt, he blocked a field goal attempt. He was all over the field, with such great speed and quickness, with size. He was truly impressive.”

Schottenheimer had read the scouting reports and watched some film of Thomas. “The athletic ability was obvious,” he said. “He was an impactful player; you couldn’t miss him on the film.”

Without a Combine workout, the Chiefs were forced to head to Alabama and a personal workout session with Thomas. Peterson was determined to make a point. “I wanted him to understand that he had missed an opportunity to perform in front of the NFL,” Peterson said.

Cowher was getting ready to start the drills that day when Schottenheimer pulled him aside.

“Marty told me to get after it, to really make him work,” said Cowher. “We had about four or five linebacker types there and we start going through the drills and Derrick is doing everything and he barely broke a sweat. Marty said pick up the pace, so we started going faster. It was kind of a hot day and I remember one guy wanted to stop and get a drink and I said no, no, we’ve got to keep moving.

“After every drill, Derrick was the first one back to me, ready to go for another one. Well, one guy drops out, a second player goes out saying he can’t do anymore. I’m doing every linebacker drill I can think of and it’s down to Derrick and one other guy, and this other guy is struggling.

“By this time, Derrick has started to figure out what’s going on and he’s laughing. Then, that last guy drops out.”

Cowher figured the workout was over.

“Next thing I know, there were some defensive backs there to work out and Carl says to work Derrick with the DBs,” Cowher said. “So we start doing DB drills and it’s the same thing, Marty is telling me to pick up the pace. So I’m running these guys all over the field … let’s go down here, you are dropping in cover two, go get the ball there, bring the ball back here. I’m running all over the field and I’m starting to get tired. But there’s Derrick, running the DB drills and he’s always the first one back, with a smile on his face asking if there’s anything more he could do.

“One of the DBs falls out, then another. We’ve got guys on a knee trying to get their breath. At this point, it’s making Carl madder and madder. I’m trying hard not to start laughing because the kid had figured out that we were trying to work him into submission. He’s just going on forever. I’m thinking ‘I love this kid. Derrick you and I are going to get along just fine.’ It was a pretty amazing, athletic performance, unbelievable endurance.”

Said Peterson: “After every drill, Derrick would come over and say to Marty and me, ‘Coach, Mr. Peterson what more would you like to see?’ He would give us that smile. As mad as I was, you could not help but like this young man. He didn’t do it in a cocky, braggadocio way. It was just our first chance to be around that infectious personality of his.”

Schottenheimer said the workout left little doubt about Thomas and his skills. “There really wasn’t anything that Bill had him do that Derrick didn’t handle,” Schottenheimer said. “His skill was terrific and we couldn’t wear him down.

“We had him do some pass rush drills and it was then that I first really saw that first step of his. In all my years in football, I’ve never seen a guy that was quicker on that first step than Derrick. Not Shawne Merriman, not Lawrence Taylor, no one.”

Cowher remembers watching tape of Thomas in his senior season at Alabama and being impressed by the young man’s ability to control his body.

“I never saw a guy who could get so low to the ground and contort his body in so many positions,” said Cowher. “He had this amazing flexibility and explosion, more than I’ve ever saw from anybody else. There was no question he had this natural rush ability.”

It was that first step and his body control that led to so many missteps for opponents in the 179 regular and post-season games Thomas played for the Chiefs. He bedeviled numerous blocking schemes over the years.

“Everybody knew what was coming and they couldn’t stop him,” said Schottenheimer. “He had an effect on game plans. Protections were changed. Players were assigned to chip him on the pass rush. Teams pushed the pocket away from him.

“But he was still productive, still getting sacks, still forcing turnovers. That’s true testimony to what kind of player he was.”

Thomas did not rely only on athletic ability; he put in time studying opposing quarterbacks and pass protections.

“He searched for any edge he could find,” Schottenheimer said. “He would pick up something and he would make it work for him. He used to watch the quarterbacks knees. Most quarterbacks right before they take the snap will flex their knees. Derrick was always watching for that.”

Stripping the quarterback at the end of a sack became D.T.’s signature play. In 169 regular season games, he caused 45 fumbles. Only one pass rusher can match that total: Bruce Smith. A fellow member of the Hall of Fame class of 2009, Smith forced 45 fumbles in 279 games, or 110 more games than Thomas.

“He wasn’t satisfied with just a sack, he wanted a turnover, he wanted the fumble,” said former Denver quarterback and Hall of Famer John Elway, who was D.T.’s leading victim with 17 sacks. “He was always grabbing with his left hand, while chopping at your arm with his right hand. He had more in mind than killing the quarterback. He wanted the ball.”

Schottenheimer and Cowher always stressed the turnover ratio as the most important statistic in football after the final score. Thomas was the personification of that attitude.

“We always talked about stripping the ball and for him it became a very natural thing,” said Cowher. “He would always come around the quarterback and rather than take his head off, he would locate the ball and go after it. He always went right for the arm, grab the arm and go for the ball as it was coming up.

“When you measure defense, the Number One objective is to take the football away. If you can get off the field on one play then you are getting it done. That’s what Derrick did.”

And so often that turnover became much more for the Chiefs; few pass rushers put points on the scoreboard like Thomas. He scored four touchdowns on fumble returns. Only two players have more (Jason Taylor and Jesse Tuggle.) He scored three safeties; only two NFL players have more (Doug English and Ted Hendricks.) His sacks led to six other touchdowns scored by teammates who recovered a fumble.

He was a true impact player. He did it with his overall play. He did it with his sacks. He did it by causing turnovers. He did it by putting points on the scoreboard and he did all of those things as well as player in the game’s recent history.

On top of his athletic ability and endurance, there was something else bigger than life with Thomas: his personality. His smile could light up a room, even a stadium.

“I will never forget early in his career there was something he didn’t get done and I sent for him to come to my office,” said Schottenheimer. “He came in and he could tell I was ticked off and he sat in a chair and I started reprimanding him and he just slumped down and got this woebegone look on his face. I was really giving it to him and he kind of gives me this look and I just couldn’t chew him out anymore. He could hear the tone of my voice change and he got this big smile on his face. I melted like butter.”

Said Cowher: “He had that infectious smile. He had fun playing the game. It resonated throughout the rest of the team.”

That quick first step, the contorting of his body, the endurance and durability and that smile; they were the biggest parts of Thomas and they were visible in that workout in Tuscaloosa. As they flew home from Alabama, Peterson, Schottenheimer and Cowher all were on the same page: Thomas was their man.

“The only question came because it was a position change from him, going from defensive end to outside linebacker,” said Schottenheimer. “But what you saw on the tape and what we saw in that workout was evidence that he could do what we wanted.”

When the 1989 NFL Draft began, the Chiefs had Thomas as the No. 2 player in the draft, behind only Aikman, who was selected with the first choice by the Dallas Cowboys. The Kansas City draft room sat on pins and needles when Green Bay went on the clock with the second pick. “We were pretty sure Detroit at No. 3 was going to take Barry Sanders,” said Peterson. “But we didn’t know what Green Bay was going to do.”

When the Packers grabbed Mandarich, there were happy faces at Arrowhead Stadium. As expected, Sanders became the third selection.

“There was no hesitation by us, there wasn’t any discussion, other than hugging each other,” Peterson said. “We knew we got ourselves a terrific player. I asked Marty and Whitey (Dovell, the team’s personnel director) and everybody else in the room, if they had any hesitation about this young man and there was none.

“We felt if he could come in and we could get Neil Smith going on the other side, we would have a combo. Both of these guys coming off the edge, as a LB and DE, could create a lot of havoc.”

The havoc that Derrick Thomas created played out for 11 seasons in the league and led to his enshrinement as one of the most dynamic defenders in the game’s history. There were so many highlights in that career, but the three men responsible for bringing him to Kansas City will always remember that day in Tuscaloosa.

“When we got a chance to be around him and watch him, when you look back on that workout, you have a great appreciation for what he did that day,” Cowher said. “He did everything he was asked to do. Derrick didn’t say, ‘I’m only going to do this or do that.’ That’s what I walked away from that workout with. This kid was going to be a high draft pick and he put on a show, and he really didn’t have to do that. He was going to be a high pick anyway. He wasn’t upset or mad about what happened. He just went out and did the drills. That said a lot about him right there. He enjoyed it. He embraced it. That’s what I respected the most about him.

“We were trying to make a point to him, but he was probably a kid that didn’t need to have a point made to him. I think the only message sent that day was that he was a special player, and that was a message he sent to us.”

75 Responses to “DT And His Alabama Workout”

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Oh … so that’s where Larry Johnson learned that lame hand-jive thingy he practices in the endzone (top left photo, Thomas.)

    Real Rin ® daddy-o

  • August 4, 2009  - ace says:

    great insite on this story,, seems he was born to be a chief and a hall of famer.

  • August 4, 2009  - Josh says:


    Thomas is showing the sign for “Safety”, Rin. You know, when an offensive player is brought down in their own end-zone, or steps out, or the ball goes out the back of the end zone? Two points?

    What LJ does is “the Roc”, made popular by Jay-Z and Damon Dash of Roc-A-Fella Records fame.

    Good thought, though.

  • August 4, 2009  - SG says:

    Fake Rin ignorance should be left to other blog sections like the Cup-o-Chiefs and not to the best player this team has had in 25 years.

    Obviously the Real Rin would have done enough research to know the DT safety sign. At their own goal line…they can’t afford to give up a safety…It’s a bull rush…Fake-Rinny-Mac the matador does an “Ole”…the QB is blindsided and goes down…”it’s a fumble!”

  • August 4, 2009  - Kenny says:

    I like seeing players like Derrick make the Hall of Fame. It’s important to show rookies and NFL hopefuls, what kind of player they should be striving to become.

    Thank You Bob,


  • August 4, 2009  - SG says:

    “This story will appear in the program for the Pro Football hall of Fame game and induction ceremonies this weekend in Canton, Ohio. It was my pleasure to write this piece and reminiscence with three key figures in Derrick Thomas life about that moment when they understood they had found someone special. The photos are all from Kansas City’s best, Hank Young.”

    Bob, major thanks for your work with regard to presenting DT to the HOF voters and for this awesome piece.

  • August 4, 2009  - Enrique says:

    Just like they say: Special people make special plays on special days

  • August 4, 2009  - Nick L. says:

    Rin Tin Tin…

    After an incredible story about arguably the most game-changing defensive player in the history of this game that is all your pea-brain could generate? That is your first thought/reaction? Were you not able to retain anything else?

    You have convinced me your a few cards short of a full deck. That is not the “hand-jive” thing LJ does. What DT is doing signals safety. LJ makes a triangle with his finger tips, similar to catching a football.

    WOW! Unbelievable.

    Great article Bob! Thank You.

  • August 4, 2009  - Tim says:

    Uh…no. In the photo in this article, Derrick is making the signal for a safety, after sacking Jeff George in the endzone.

    Larry Johnson’s sign after scoring a touchdown is completely unrelated.

  • August 4, 2009  - Nick L. says:

    ….some peoples children….

  • August 4, 2009  - gorillafan says:


    I watched the game on NFL Network lastnight and it was awesome to wath.

    I was 10 yrs old that year, and that was the first game I been too. Talk about a game to remember. Eventhough I was only ten, I still remember that game.

    DT was great, and will always be great, maybe BEST!!

  • August 4, 2009  - jimbo says:

    Kudos Bob,
    DT was indeed special!
    You’re not so bad yourself.

  • August 4, 2009  - Dan says:


    Your skill in writing and capturing the life of DT is just as skilled as his football. Congratualtions on a wonderful article.

  • August 4, 2009  - mike says:

    bob good work again and this weekend be a big for you and the chiefs family and big day for the fans.

  • August 4, 2009  - mike says:

    bob good work again and this weekend be a big day for you and the chiefs family and big day for the fans.

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    The heck you say Josh… Rin didn’t know that (rolls eyes.)

    You be Josh’n folks again, just like those other 2 clowns, &


  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    SG, Nick L, et al - GOTCHA!

    heh heh heh


  • August 4, 2009  - anonymous says:

    ESPN is reporting that the Chiefs have signed Toomer to a one year deal.

  • August 4, 2009  - Josh says:

    Haha, well with the way you carry on in here, and the fact that you admit to enjoying the sound of people throwing up (a la the vocal tones of one Tony Bennett), I just wanted to make sure, Rin.

  • August 4, 2009  - Scott says:

    An outstanding piece of writing, Bob. Thanks.

  • August 4, 2009  - Will H. says:

    Great article - very well done! You not only captured the moment of that workout, but how it related to the rest of his career. Outstanding job!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:


    That ’sound’ you refer to…I just heard it again (Tony must be ralphing via his alias, above.)


  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    It’s not a Toomer…it’s a relic. Another of the walking boneyard stiffs that be your 2009 Kansas City Chiefs…


  • August 4, 2009  - Josh says:

    ESPN reports that the Chiefs have signed “Well Dressed” Amani Toomer to a 1-year deal.

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    alex k sheds another tear - ‘Q’ we hardly knew ye…


  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Quoth the Raven, the many whims of Jr. nee the early signs of imminent Alzheimer’s draws nigh the horizon..

    2008 - “I’m behind the rebuilding process 100% - this is something that we’ve needed to do.”

    2009 - “I’m behind the win now process 100% - I don’t care how we do it - if Methusaleh becomes available, sign him up too.”

    2010 - “The man whom I have selected to lead our franchise brings a long distinguished history in football & a proven record of success - not only as a coach but as a GM and owner - he is truly a football bon vivant.

    Ladies and gentleman, Al Davis…


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  • August 4, 2009  - Randy says:

    Great article, Bob…Just watched the game against the seahawks where DT got 7 sacks…It’s real easy to forget how great of a player he truly was…This Saturday Derrick Thomas will finally be where he truly belongs among the NFL’s very best…

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  • August 4, 2009  - Mars7272 says:

    Bob, Thank you so much for this wonderful tribute. Since DT’s passing I have not bonded with another Chiefs player. He changed the way I watch football. Saturday will definitely be bitter-sweet.

  • August 4, 2009  - Blake says:

    Bob that was a GREAT story, one of the best. Thanks

  • August 4, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    Wow….excellent article Bob. Wow that brings back some memories. How I wish the Chiefs had Thomas right now on the field. He was truly a great player. Among the greatest of the greats.

  • August 4, 2009  - CK says:

    My son and I can relate to your feelings. We are going to Canton, but it will be bittersweet.

  • August 4, 2009  - Scott says:

    Bittersweet, indeed. That the man himself will not be there is a tragedy.

    Still…DT will finally be where he belongs - among the “All-Time Greats”. In that, we should all find a sense of comfort. And justice.

  • August 4, 2009  - anonymous says:

    This kid would be worth a look at!

    I watched him at IU a bit. He’s on the smallish side (so was Hall) but he could be a guy to bring in and try out as a returner on special teams, or if the Chiefs want a (as Mark suggest they should) back to throw to outta the backfield, he could be that guy.

    Marcus Thigpen.

    “Graduated with a bachelor of general studies in December 2008. Thigpen finished second in school history with 2,009 career kick return yards, third with 4,658 career all-purpose yards and tied for eighth with 21 career touchdowns. He became the first player in school history with over 1,000 rushing yards (1,621), receiving yards (1,028) and kickoff return yards (2,009) and became the 19th rusher in school history to cross the 1,500-yard rushing barrier. Thigpen is just the fifth player in Indiana lore to go over 4,500 career all-purpose yards. He also finished fifth in Big Ten history with 2,009 kick return yards, tied for third with three kick return scores and shared sixth with 81 kickoff returns.”

    “2008 (Senior): One of three team captains … named Indiana’s offensive player of the year … led the team with 631 rushing yards, 6.7 yards per carry, seven rushing touchdowns and 94 rushes … paced the Hoosiers with 1,719 all-purpose yards (143.2 per game) and 853 kick return yards on 38 returns (22.4 average) … also hauled in 13 receptions for 235 yards (fifth on team) with two touchdowns and 18.1 yards per catch … ended the year third in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards, 10th in scoring (TDs, 4.5 points/game) and ninth in kick return average … one of only two players in the league to finish in the top 10 in all-purpose yards, scoring (TDs) and kick return average … in Big Ten games only, closed out 2008 third with 141.0 all-purpose yards and fourth in kick returns (24.0) … finished second on the IU single-season chart with 853 kick return yards … went over 150 all-purpose yards seven times and over 200 on two occasions … shared sixth in Big Ten single-season history with 38 kickoff returns and 10th with 853 kickoff return yards … two-time IU special teams player of the week … recorded the third 100-yard game of the season and the fifth of his career with 109 yards on six carries (18.2 average) against Central Michigan … set a new school record for the fewest number of rushes to top 100 yards … scored twice on runs of 22 and 77 yards, his fourth 75-plus yard of 2008 and the eighth over 70 yards in his career … also returned four kicks for 70 yards en route to 179 all-purpose yards … collected 113 yards on just nine carries (12.6 average) and two touchdowns against Michigan State … added two receptions for 94 yards and a score to go along with 60 kick return yards to close the game with 267 all-purpose yards, the 10th-highest total in IU lore … raced a career-long 78 yards to paydirt and took a Kellen Lewis pass a career-best 79 yards to the house to become the first Hoosier to ever record a rushing and a receiving TD over 75 yards in the same game … became the first Hoosier to score on the ground and through the air since Demetrius McCray at Minnesota in 2006 and his run was the longest since Levron Williams scored on an 80-yarder in 2001 … it marked the first time in his career he crossed the goal line on three separate occasions … reached the century mark with 100 yards on seven carries (14.3 average) and two scores (67 and 31 yards) vs. Murray State … finished the game with 181 all-purpose yards (24 receiving, 57 kick returns) … added a 57-yard touchdown run at No. 7 (AP) Penn State, his sixth scoring play and fourth rushing touchdown from 50-plus yards in 2008 … finished with 72 yards on eight carries (9.0 average) … returned four kicks for 134 yards (33.5) in the Hoosiers’ win over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern and five kicks for 120 yards (24.0) at Illinois … went over 200 all-purpose yards (207) with 69 rushing and 18 receiving yards against the Fighting Illini … closed out career with 149 all-purpose yards at Purdue (96 kick and 53 rush yards) … recorded a season-long 68-yard kick return against the Boilermakers … led team with 30 20-plus yard plays, eight of which resulted in six points … finished with 20 20-plus yard kick returns, seven rushes over 20 yards and three receptions for 20-plus yards … netted 165 all-purpose yards (88 receiving, 63 kick and 14 rush) at Minnesota and scored on a 77-yard touchdown pass.”

    Here’s the link if you want to read the rest of his bio.


  • August 4, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Ops! Left out a critical detail… The Eagles released him today.

  • August 4, 2009  - Larry says:

    Tyler “The Little Big Man From Coastal Carolina” to Thigpen to Marcus “Im Not Small I’m Just Not Tall” Thigpen!



  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Tyler “The Little Big Man From Coastal Carolina” to Thigpen to Marcus “Im Not Small I’m Just Not Tall” Thigpen!




  • August 4, 2009  - JP says:

    Why put the link……everything but his birth weight was already listed.

  • August 4, 2009  - JP says:

    Love the article Bob-
    I was on the field and outside the locker room following the game. I was helping my father in-law who worked in the local media. I will never forget the look on George’s face following the game. He looked like his daddy just spanked his ass. Talk about a long flight home…I wonder if Al Davis had to hold his hand when he went to the bathroom on the plane? “Derrick might be in there.”

  • August 4, 2009  - JP says:

    Oops Septemer 1998 Oakland Raiders DT 6 sack game.

  • August 4, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Hey “Larry”!

    F’ed up huh! Forgot to change your name LMAO!

    No surprise, you’ve done it before.

    Right “SG”?

    What a dumb ass!

    That makes it three dumb asses that don’t have nuts enough to attach their name to their stupidity.

    Ask me, and I’ll name em!


    “Full Disclosure”

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Lar, if you’re going to impersonate Rin at least use His name/evidence a little narrative style… it just sounds so much better when I say it even when I use your words…see?

    heh heh heh


  • August 4, 2009  - True Red & Gold says:


    Look who’s talking. I don’t see YOUR name attached to YOUR stupidity.

    Just pointing that out.

  • August 4, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Weak! Senile, old burn out!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Back to Real Rin ® daddy-o football talk -

    Time ‘check’ - Tuesday, Augsut 3, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST and (nod toward Rod, Serling - “Eye of the Beholder”) -


    Day 6 the holdout Wednesday draws nigh… somewhere, Carl P is laughing his head off.

    Like this: ah, ah, ah-hahahahahahahahahah!

  • August 4, 2009  - anonymous says:

    True Red and Yellow,

    Only you or Conehead1987 or 78 whet ever he uses would ask such a stupid question.

    lemme splain it to your simple minded ass!

    I use the same name ALL the time, no chicken sh!t hide behind a new name every time I want to manufacture some one to support my position, or because I’m worried that no one will converse with me if I express myself as myself.

    That clear it up any, limp weed?

    So, how ya like me now? Biatch!

  • August 4, 2009  - JP says:

    Sorry Anonyqueer-
    Same dumb ass for all three postings! I wasn’t hiding behind a name or anything else.

    The problem with using ‘anonymous’ is no one can tell the difference F*&k Head.

    Does that ‘clear up’ how I like you now?

  • August 4, 2009  - anonymous says:


    Either your reading comprehension is all F’ed up, or you think I just bust on people at random.

    I never claimed that your posting under many names!

    My “full disclosure” comment was to your question about why I posted the link.

    No,w who’s the Fu%K Head?

  • August 4, 2009  - Johnfromfairfax says:


    Thanks again and congratulations for all of your efforts to get DT in the Hall. I’m sure you will have as great a sense of satisfaction this weekend as the three you chronicled in this post. To have a hand in seeing one of the greatest players in pro football history assume his rightful place in the HOF is a legacy that will always remain. Once again, my hat’s off to you and well done.

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Another Real Rin ® daddy-o sez production;

    It seems as my dear friend ‘Al’ seems to obssess about bobbie’s ‘public enemy number 1′, JP is fascinated by Rin’s swagger.

    Well, Al, JP, my friends, news flash…. Q is not the second coming of the Messiah! Rin is not the true source of your pain. For I am simply the daddy-o of a “bobby” trap inside the interwebs…

    Science and Mathematcis…

    Certified daddy-o

  • August 4, 2009  - Larry says:

    and by daddy-o, I mean ‘dat yo’ best attempt to impersinate the infamous Rin ® ?

    Now hear this!

    The ‘Real’ Rin cannot be identified under the current circumstances. The imposters are increasing in number, but not effeciency. For, the true Rin can only be distinguished by his uncanny approach to ‘Gretzisms’ (blogging with c.l.a.s.s)

    Because of this Rin will to be addressed as Larry, the evolution of Rin, the evolution of ‘man’.


  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    August 4, 2009 - Larry says:
    and by daddy-o, I mean ‘dat yo’ best attempt to impersinate the infamous Rin ® ?


    Real Rin ® classifies the above post to be fraudelent, and ghastly at that.

    Only Rin makes the rules, Al, while your attempt to breach thee identity was admirable, it was ill fated as Rin is indestructable in ‘bobbie land’.

    Bob and I , we are tight like that….

    the REAL daady-o

  • August 4, 2009  - Larry (Real Rin) says:

    dont fool yourself, JP, this little escapade would inevitably become exposeed. You do not posess the terminology of a slang gargoyle as myself.

    Viva la Rin via Larry

    the one and only


  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Struck a never there, Al?

  • August 4, 2009  - Larry says:

    and to clarify;

    of course Rin is aware of ‘Larry’s’ hand gesture. I am hip.

    Its the Roc!

  • August 4, 2009  - anonymous says:

    “can only be distinguished by his uncanny approach”

    Stupid MFer thinks he’s David Hayward! err, “Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars” err, David Bowie!

    They all sucked, so no difference!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Real Rin ® daddy-o cool james laughes at your theory of LJ’s hand jig.

    The diamond represents eternaty. As in the eternal battle to attain Rin status.

    Or should I say…


  • August 4, 2009  - gorillafan says:


    I agree, totally.

    glad you commented, least I know there are a few sane ppl on this blog

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    August 4, 2009 - anonymous says:
    “can only be distinguished by his uncanny approach”

    sound familiar????



  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Real Rin ® :cool; daddy-o - this one, the only - is feeling a lot of love on this here blog…

    Oh sure - most of it is for me of course per the usual - thanks again to all mi gente & imitators - you’ve great taste in bloggers. No, e’en more so, there be a lot of love amongst many bloggers herein, generally speaking. Rin knows it be only because of I that is He nee me, THE great uniter of peoples.

    I Rin am the most interesting man-dog in the world… stay thirsty my friends!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    August 4, 2009 - gorillafan says:

    Gorilla fan eh?

    what is the fascination with the gorillas of all animals?

    It is starting to make sense….

    I am deeling with primates

    Real Rin via planet of the apes!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    August 4, 2009 - Rin Tin Tin says:
    Real Rin ® :cool; daddy-o - this one, the only - is feeling a lot of love on this here blog…

    ^^^^ typical fake Rin response..

    The swag of Rin cannot be replicated in any form. For the sunglasses emoticon reveals the true Rin from the imposters….

    I suggest some “R&R” because Rin has got you shook!


  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    In the words of the Wu Tang Clan;


    Love the hate???

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:




    Dizza Dizza Daddy-o!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    See, they can’t help but love me nee imitate me!

    Real Rin ® daddy-o, ’search’ & check’ affirming (that is - whence the former isn’t pursuing his “Fugitive” Ty & the latter isn’t running…the Chiefs into ground.)

    * Mi gente, if you want a sure fire way to always tell a Real Rin blog from a poor imitation, look for the requisite knocks ‘gainst & - and even if the imitator knocks them, so much the better - Real Rin gets the pleasure of seeing them knocked by another blogger…Rin wins either way!

    heh heh heh!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    @ yet another flawed effort to discredit the almighty RTT…

    This blasphemy will no longer be tolerated by B.O.B or myself (The true Rin ® )

    Ive said it numerous times. Hongo Guiltana my humbling servants.

    Your admiration is acknowledged.

    heh heh heh!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    For the Record…

    The Real Rin Stats =

    16-0, Al,SG,Gorillafan = 0-16, similar to that of the HP standard. (Haley Piolo for the dumb dumbs)

    that is all!

  • August 4, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    ^ ^ ^

    No & knocks means - it ain’t a Real Rin blog.


  • August 4, 2009  - Don in Wichita says:

    I echo the thoughts Johnfromfairfax wrote. Thanks for all of your unending work getting DT in the Hall. I don’t know anyone as dedicated as you Bob when it came to seeing DT where he belongs. Too bad the children have to spoil a great article with the crap at the end. I guess that’s what comes out of an a**.

  • August 4, 2009  - burnsomatic says:

    I dont care if you are fake posting, real posting or whatever you are doing. You are Fing idiots, this is one of the best articles that Bob has wrote, and we all have read. You all Fing ruined it for most everybody. So if you have nothing to say about the article then shut the F*ck up.

  • August 4, 2009  - JP says:

    I’m sorry burnsomatic…you too anon…can we still be friends?

  • August 5, 2009  - SG says:

    Bob, can this be re-published on this site with “no comments.”

  • August 5, 2009  - Crystalce says:

    How did a tribute to one of the greatest Chiefs ever turn into a juvenile exchange? I agree with SG, it should be re-post without any comments.

  • August 5, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    I agree…these juveniles that are posting belong in the funny pages - which is to say, vying for a roster spot as one of s “any 22 will do”.


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