Chiefs assistant Thomas retires after 5 decades in NFL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Emmitt Thomas announced his retirement Tuesday as the defensive backs coach of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, ending an NFL profession that began as a Hall of Popularity player and damage up spanning five a protracted time.

Thomas spent 13 seasons playing for the Chiefs, helping the group to a pair of Vivid Bowl appearances and their perfect championship in 1970. The two-time All-Pro retired in 1978 and started teaching at Central Missouri Narrate earlier than keen onto the specialists with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He helped the Redskins win a pair of Vivid Bowls, and also labored for the Eagles, Packers, Vikings and Falcons, earlier than returning to Kansas Metropolis in 2010. He’s been the Chiefs’ secondary coach ever since, first below Todd Haley and retained by Romeo Crennel and up to the moment coach Andy Reid.

“My hotfoot started in Kansas Metropolis, and by the grace of God I’m ready to total my NFL profession here as neatly,” said Thomas, who used to be enshrined within the Pro Soccer Hall of Popularity in 2008. “It has been a privilege to work alongside the sizable coaches that include advance through this building. Having the choice to coach so many proficient younger men in my time as a coach has been one of my perfect items.”

Thomas joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of little Bishop College in 1966, lovely four years after the group moved from Dallas to Kansas Metropolis. He helped the Chiefs attain the first Vivid Bowl as a rookie, losing to the Green Bay, earlier than returning three years later.

He had 9 interceptions that season, at the side of one in their Vivid Bowl triumph over Minnesota.

Thomas continued to be a productive player till his retirement, then became a sought-after coach for defensive backs. He spent four years with the Cardinals, eight more with the Redskins and three with the Eagles earlier than serving as defensive coordinator of the Packers.

After a stint as defensive coordinator of the Vikings, he joined the Falcons teaching employees, the save he bought his perfect model as a head coach. It used to be Thomas who used to be appointed duration in-between coach after Bobby Petrino’s sudden retirement in 2007, and he rallied a broken locker room to a season-ending win over Seattle.

He used to be retained by new Falcons coach Mike Smith the following twelve months, then joined the Chiefs in 2010, a transfer that allowed him to bookend a playing and teaching profession spanning 51 years.

“Over the course of a profession that spans two leagues and loads of the typical technology of the NFL, Emmitt used to be a Hall of Popularity player and a few of the significant revered coaches within the league,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said. “Emmitt will always be a segment of our Chiefs family.”

The 75-twelve months-vulnerable Thomas’ retirement had been anticipated after the Chiefs, who misplaced in previous traditional time to the Patriots within the AFC championship sport, fired longtime defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.

Steve Spagnuolo has been employed to address the defense and is bringing in a host of his include assistants.

“It used to be an honor to include Emmitt on our teaching employees,” Reid said. “Having a Pro Soccer Hall of Famer lead that room and piece his experiences as a player and a coach has been unbelievable for our guys. Beyond soccer, he’s a large particular person, and I’ve enjoyed working with him and attending to take hang of him.”


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