Donnell Alexander plays on the opposite side of the line of his famous father, but he hopes to make a name for himself with the same franchise.
The son of Kansas City Chiefs icon Derrick Thomas just finished a tryout during a three-day rookie minicamp with the Chiefs.
Thomas, an outside linebacker who spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the Chiefs, passed away in 2000 after a tragic automobile accident left him paralyzed. He died two weeks later of a pulmonary embolysm.
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According to a team profile of Alexander's tryout, he was too young to remember a whole lot about his famous father.
"I have memories (of Thomas), but I was quite young [when he played], so a lot of the memories mostly come from film," he said. "When I was in Colorado, I did a camp, and a lot of people came up and spoke to me, and just the way they said that they idolize my father, to me that was amazing because they have no idea really who he is, but for them to just be die-hard fans like that, that shows me a lot."
Alexander, a running back who played at Colorado State and Akron, faces an uphill battle to crack a crowded Chiefs backfield.
But he seems to have at least left an impression on head coach Andy Reid:
"I thought he did a real nice job," Reid said. "He's actually got a tattoo right on the back of his head there -- right on the back of his neck. It's pretty neat, with an Arrowhead and the whole deal. How many guys have an Arrowhead tattoo at all?"
That tattoo says "Made in K.C."
It's fitting, given he grew up there and was a high school star there.
Now, Alexander just hopes he can make a pro football career there, too.