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Best Kansas City Chiefs Players Tournament, Elite Eight: Marty Era Region

30 Nov 1997:  Derrick Thomas #58 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackling Quarterback Steve Young #8 during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the 49ers 44-9. Mandatory Credit: Jonatha
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIApril 4, 2012

We are halfway through deciding which players in franchise history will advance to the Final Four.

On Monday, you fans selected No. 2 S Deron Cherry over No. 1 RB Christian Okoye. This means that Cherry will go up against No. 1 QB Len Dawson next Wednesday. Until then, we will need to fill in the other two blank spots.

Today, you fans will be voting on who the best player is from the Marty Region.

Voting ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST.

 

No. 1 LB Derrick Thomas vs. No. 2 G Will Shields

Derrick Thomas

With the fourth pick in the 1989 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Derrick Thomas out of Alabama. Thomas was the first defensive player selected in the 1989 draft and proved why he won the honors he earned.

While spending his entire career with the Chiefs, Thomas collected a franchise-high 126.5 sacks. His most dominant season came in 1990, when he crushed opposing quarterbacks 20 times. Throughout the '90s, Thomas was known as the league’s most dangerous pass-rusher.

He was the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year and went on to be noticed, but was unstoppable.

Thomas holds the franchise record for forced fumbles in a season and career, fumbles recovered in a career, sacks in a single season and safeties in a career. The most prestigious record held by Thomas is when he recorded an NFL-high seven sacks in one game.

His career was cut short during a car accident in 2000.

Thomas was voted to nine Pro Bowls and won six All-Pro honors. He has a spot in both the Chiefs and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is also one of five Chiefs players to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. His jersey, No. 58, is retired by the Chiefs.

Thomas passed No. 5 DE Neil Smith in the second round.

 

Will Shields

Will Shields had one of the more prolific careers in franchise history and is very well known as the best guard to ever play the game while spending all 14 playing years in Kansas City.

Shields represented his last name very well—he shielded Montana, Bono, Grbac, Gannon and Trent Green. He also paved the way for Allen, Anders, Tony Richardson, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson.

Shields started in 223 games and is the only player in franchise history to play in over 200 games. He earned 12 Pro Bowl invitations and nine All-Pro honors. He also won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2003.

Shields is more than likely to earn a spot in the Chiefs and the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have his jersey, No. 68, be retired by the Chiefs.

Today, Shields runs 68 Inside Sports, a gymnasium and sports facility in Overland Park, Kan.

Shields passed No. 3 RB Marcus Allen in the first round.

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