Derrion Thomas, son of former Kansas City Chiefs player Derrick Thomas, stood with a bust of his father during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in Canton, Ohio.
It was a proud moment for the 19-year-old High School Senior.
“It’s a special event for him to make it in,” Derrion said of his deceased father. “But for me to go down and interact with a lot of the guys that maybe played with my dad, it’s an experience I’ll treasure my entire life.”
Though only in a Senior in High School, Derrion is making his own name in the football world.
“There’s a lot of people who say, ‘Are you afraid to be overshadowed by [your dad]?'” Derrion said. “The answer is not at all. When I see his stats, I see it as a challenge. It makes me a better athlete.”