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CHIEFS’ THOMAS CHOSEN TOP ROOKIE

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Linebacker Derrick Thomas, the pass-rusher from Alabama who played a major role in the resurgence of the Kansas City Chiefs, was named Thursday as The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year. Thomas was an easy winner over Denver safety Steve Atwater for the award, collecting 431/2 votes to Atwater's 22.5 votes.