The saddest chapters of Derrick Thomas’ life are the ones he didn’t write

ALLIANCE, Ohio | You probably saw that dateline and remembered immediately that Alliance is where Chiefs legend Len Dawson grew up. Well, Alliance is only about 16 or 17 miles away from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When Dawson was inducted into the Hall of Fame 22 years ago, he completed one of the shorter trips in pro football history.
And it’s strange but today — the day that Derrick Thomas gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton — I find myself kicking around Dawson’s old hometown and thinking a lot about Lenny.