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    Hello Derrick Thomas fans,

    As I mentioned in my brief introduction, I donated a 1994 Pro Bowl Football signed by #58 to the Pro Football hall of fame.

    In the early 90’s I saw Derrick often at the AFC practices at the Aloha Stadium prior to the Pro Bowl game. He and several other Kansas City players, such as: Andre Rison, Will Shields & Neil Smith, signed all kinds of items for us fans.

    But this Football I bought just for Derrick.

    For many years I have received nummerous offers to sell the ball, but I did not want to sell it for money. Other autographed paraphanelia I donated to various causes – but this Ball was something special and I did not know what I wanted to do with it.

    Then it happened: Derrick was selected as part of class 2009 to the HOF. I soon contacted the curator Mr. Jason Aikens and I got the ball ‘rolling’….

    Mr. Aikens was extremely pleased the hear that I wanted to donate this very special ball since they did not have very much from Derrick.

    Here the hall of fame article when they first got the ball
    Now I am very proud that it will be on display in Canton for thousands of fans to see forever.


     


     

    This is the original letter from Mr. Aikens:
     
     
    Jurgen Reinhold:
    Thank you for informing us about your Derrick Thomas signed game used Pro Bowl football. From what I have seen in the picture you provided, your football would be a valuable addition to Pro Football Hall of Fame’s collection. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has very few pieces of memorabilia from Derrick Thomas’ career.
    Any person who donates memorabilia to the Pro Football Hall of Fame receives a letter of acknowledgment; a gift agreement that transfers ownership of the items to the museum, and an IRS tax receipt which allows the donor to deduct the monetary value of the items from their taxes.
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, therefore all the memorabilia in our collection is obtained only through donations. Below is my contact information and address. If you donate your football to the Pro Football Hall of Fame you can mail it to the address below.
    I hope this information is of value, and I hope you choose to donate your football where it will remain in our collection along with the rest of the great and treasured mementos of football history.

    Jason Aikens
    Collections Curator
    Pro Football Hall of Fame
    2121 George Halas Dr. NW
    Canton, OH 44708
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by garciakcfan View Post
    great gesture but man, i would have never given that up ever!!! I would be buried with it....
    Well, I have a few items that Derrick signed for me in the early 90's.


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    No thats a Mini with Andre Rison & Will Shields signature as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KansasCityChris View Post
    I too have a mini, how do you get that many signatures on them LOL.
    I have just about attended every AFC practice in Hawaii since 1994. I have soo much autographed stuff that I can easily open up the west coast addition of the HOF.

    Here on this YouTube Video you can see a bit from this year. Now my sons starts collecting...

    Never mind my german introduction, it starts at the Ihilani, the privat resort where many players stay

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKFGhbRKr5g"]YouTube - Pro Bowl 2009[/ame]
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    Thats one hell of a nice thing you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Church_Backfield View Post
    can i be ur son to lol
    Nope, too much work. I have to get this one here ready ...tough job....I know


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jurgen View Post
    Nope, too much work. I have to get this one here ready ...tough job....I know


    I hope you don't plan on donating those ladies to the hall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoopy09 View Post
    Thats one hell of a nice thing you did.
    thanks, I love to give back and this Football was something really special.

    We love the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, so great to see & meet the players there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jurgen View Post
    thanks, I love to give back and this Football was something really special.

    We love the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, so great to see & meet the players there.

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    Jurgen, awesome job man, way to give it back.

    Looked at the pictures, man them's some big boys!!!

    Tell me though, is this some sort of signing party? Did you find these guys all at a restaurant or something? I am wondering how that works, and maybe even a little envious!


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    That was amazingly nice of you. I hope something good comes your way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayvern View Post
    Jurgen, awesome job man, way to give it back.

    Looked at the pictures, man them's some big boys!!!

    Tell me though, is this some sort of signing party? Did you find these guys all at a restaurant or something? I am wondering how that works, and maybe even a little envious!
    Man, I'm a whole lot envious!


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