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Chiefs to hold special screening of ‘Derrick Thomas: A Football Life’

Updated: 2013-09-17T22:02:34Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs will hold a special screening of “Derrick Thomas: A Football Life” on Wednesday at the North Club inside Arrowhead Stadium.

Former Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson, former Thomas teammates Neil Smith, Christian Okoye and others are scheduled to attend and there will be a question-and-answer session with the audience after the screening, which starts at 7:30 p.m. A reception starts at 6:30 p.m.

Rob Gill, who co-produced the film for NFL Films, said the decision to profile Thomas for the series was an easy one. The episode will premiere nationwide at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 on the NFL Network.

“He was one of the most gifted pass rushers in NFL history, so Derrick Thomas ‘the football player’ alone provided enough material to make him a worthy subject,” Gill said. “But it was the multiple layers of Derrick’s life off the field, including his devotion to children’s charities and the military, as well as his untimely death that made his story so unique.”

Tickets are $35, with proceeds benefiting the Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation. For tickets, visit thirdandlong.org.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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