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Thomas unique as a 'Hall' monitor for fellow inductees

Emmitt Thomas' long wait for Hall of Fame induction will be sweetened as he's joined by two of the players he taught lessons to more than two decades ago -- Darrell Green and Art Monk.

Updated: July 31, 2008, 6:46 PM ET
By Chris Conetzkey | ESPN.com

They lined up on the hot street. Emmitt Thomas peered down at his son, Derek. He seemed anything but fazed, despite the prospect of racing a former Kansas City Chiefs corner. He seemed confident. Too confident.

Derek was fast. Everybody told him, he knew it, and he showed it. For a 14-year-old, he was becoming quite the athlete, like his old man. But Emmitt had a lesson for him.

"You think you're pretty fast, don't you, son?" his father said. "OK, then, let's race."

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