Tragic news hit the NFL community on Thursday night when it was announced that former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had passed away at the age of 33.
According to an ESPN report, local police said that Thomas was found dead in his home with preliminary reports indicating Thomas’ death might have resulted from a medical issue. Family members and former teammates have stated he had been suffering from seizures in recent months.
The Denver Broncos, who drafted Thomas with the 22nd overall pick in 2010 and helped win a Super Bowl title during his nine seasons with the team, released the following statement;
We are devastated and completely heartbroken.
Demaryius' humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him. pic.twitter.com/0GLZIr6UP3
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 10, 2021
During his time in Denver, Thomas became one of the league’s elite receivers, making the Pro Bowl four times and helping the Broncos win its third Super Bowl championship with quarterback Peyton Manning.
“D.T. was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player,” said Manning in a statement. “That tells you how good of a person he was. He treated my kids like they were his own. He was there for every teammate’s charity event.”
Following Manning’s retirement in 2015, Thomas would play two more seasons in Denver before a trade to the Houston Texans in October 2018. After a season-ending Achilles injury that season, the Texans released Thomas and the Patriots would sign him to a one-year contract prior to the onset of 2019 training camp.
It was also obvious that Patriots players, especially Tom Brady, clicked with Demaryius Thomas quickly that summer. Here's a clip of Brady and Thomas joking around on the sideline during the 2019 preseason. pic.twitter.com/JFftdy1cP3
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) December 10, 2021
According to @AllbrightNFL Demaryius Thomas has passed away.
He wasn’t a Patriot for long, but it was truly a joy watching him play. Rest In Peace.
— Pats Buzz (@PatsBuzz) December 10, 2021
Although his stint in New England lasted only a few months (he would be released during the final round of roster cuts), Thomas left a positive impact on quite a few current and former members of the team, who shared their reactions and condolences over social media.
Can’t believe the DT news…rest in heaven man…spent a few weeks together and DT was flat out a GREAT dude…impacted so many lives #RIP
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) December 10, 2021
Heartbroken! Love ya DT!
— Wes Welker (@WesWelker) December 10, 2021
We Lost a Real One.
— JB (@NVBentley33) December 10, 2021
Dang man… RIP D.T. And condolences to his fam
— Adrian Phillips (@Phillips_17) December 10, 2021
Its hard to believe the news of DT’s passing.I always knew he was a great player watching him over the years but then I got a chance to be his teammate and immediately knew how great of a person he was too.His smile and personality were contagious. My prayers go out to his family
— Brian Hoyer (@bhoyer7) December 10, 2021
RIP DT. Sucks man.
— Patrick Chung (@PatrickChung23) December 10, 2021
Thomas would retire from the NFL in June of this year after one season with the New York Jets (2019) and going unsigned in 2020.
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