Over the last three weeks, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Frank Clark made headlines across the spectrum of Alabama fans.
And not in a good way.
Before the Chiefs played the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game, Clark was asked about his thoughts on containing former Alabama running back Derrick Henry who had been shredding the league’s top defenses going into that game.
“He’s not hard to hit,” Clark said. “He’s just a big guy. 240, 245, 250 (pounds); honestly, he should be running harder at his weight and at his size. I don’t see no difficulty in tackling him … He’s just easy to me up front because I don’t look at any running back like they can’t be tackled. He’s not one of the best guys at breaking to me, honestly.”
Alabama fans weren’t happy, especially when Henry was held to just 69 rushing yards in the championship game.
But yesterday during the team’s championship parade, Clark showed a different side of himself. Clark decided to honor one of the Chiefs all-time best players and also one of the best members to ever come through Tuscaloosa.
That player was Derrick Thomas.
Clark wore a Derrick Thomas jersey for the entirety of the parade even sending out a tweet with the caption, “For the ones who came before us.”
For the ones who came before us. pic.twitter.com/BTHsqtNZgs
— Frank Clark (@TheRealFrankC_) February 5, 2020
Even fellow defender Terrell Suggs joined in on rocking a Derrick Thomas jersey during the team’s parade.
— Mitchel Summers (@WIBWMitchel) February 5, 2020
Thomas was one of the best pass rushers in the history of the Chiefs and on Wednesday it showed that his impact still resonates with today’s players.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77