Posted Tue May 3rd by Jon Heath
Legendary former Broncos quarterback John Elway was one of the most elusive players of his time – and arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
There was one player however that consistently harassed Elway, similarly to how Elway exasperated defensive coordinators week in and week out. That player was the late Derrick Thomas, a former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A terror to every opposing offense he played, Thomas specialized in sacking Elway, much to the delight of Kansas City fans and dismay of Denver fans. When it was all said and done, Thomas had brought Elway down twenty-six times behind the line of scrimmage.
Heading into the 2011 NFL Draft, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller was considered one of the top defensive prospects after drawing many comparisons to Thomas. After being chosen second overall by the Denver Broncos, Miller flew to Denver to meet with the club’s top brass.
While at the team’s facility in Dove Valley last week, Miller requested jersey number 58, Thomas’ former number, according to the Associated Press. Having played Thomas many times throughout his career, Elway — who is now the team’s Vice President of Football Operations — was all for it.
“I liked it. I thought it was great, I thought it was the perfect number for him,” said Elway before telling Miller, “Just don’t walk behind me.”
Although he was a Chief, you gotta give Thomas some respect. If I could pick any former player for Miller to shape his game after, Thomas would definitely be near the top of the list.