Former Kansas City Chiefs CB Emmitt Thomas was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 on Monday, February 7th in Waco, Texas.
Thomas was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 after entering the Chiefs Hall of Fame in ’86 following an illustrious 13-year playing career with Kansas City. He played in 181 regular season games, the eighth-highest total in club annals. He intercepted a Chiefs record 58 passes, a mark that ranks 10th on the NFL’s all-time list and is also the fourth-highest NFL total by a pure cornerback. Thomas holds the Kansas City club record with 938 interception return yards and also returned five interceptions for touchdowns, tying for the second-highest total in franchise history. He led the AFL with nine picks in ’69 and paced the NFL with a team-record 12 interceptions in ’74, just two shy of the league’s single-season mark.
The Angleton, Texas native also saw action in seven postseason contests for the club. Thomas added seven picks in the playoffs, the most postseason INTs in team history. He intercepted a pair of passes in the ’69 AFL Championship Game and one in the Chiefs Super Bowl IV victory vs. Minnesota. Thomas won AFL Championships with Kansas City in ’66 and ’69 and was a member of the Chiefs Super Bowl I and IV squads. He was named to four Pro Bowls and one AFL All-Star Game, in addition to earning All-Pro honors in ’74.
Thomas originally joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent from Bishop College in ’66 where he played quarterback and wide receiver. He has spent over 30 seasons in the NFL coaching ranks with seven different teams and enters his second campaign as the Chiefs defensive backs coach in 2011.