“Every time I stepped on the field at Municipal Stadium and later at Arrowhead Stadium I did it with the knowledge that I was representing the Kansas City Chiefs, and I knew what it meant to millions and millions of Americans across the world. I did play the game with passion. And I played it with a lot of heart. But perhaps the most important reason I’m here, I played the game with a lot of respect, [and] honor that the game so very much deserved, from everyone who has ever had the privilege of strapping on a shoulder pad or buckling up a chin strap."
– Emmitt Thomas, Enshrinement Speech