Former Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas dies at age 33

Demaryius Thomas was a much loved member of the Denver Broncos.

Demaryius Thomas was a much loved member of the Denver Broncos.
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Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died at his home Thursday at the age of 33. ESPN relationships that his family believes his cause of death was a seizure. Thomas played at Georgia Tech and was chosen in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in the league for nine years, spending eight seasons with the Broncos, during which time they won the Super Bowl. Thomas had officially announced his retirement in June after four Pro Bowl appearances, and was a beloved teammate and friend.

This morning, former teammate Peyton Manning shared a statement that read, in part, “DT was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player. This tells you how good he was. person … Absolutely devastated. ”

Tim Tebow tweeted: “Many will remember him for his athletic abilities … but I will remember him for his kindness, his smile that would brighten a room and the love he had for those in his life.”

The Denver Broncos organization released a longer statement about Thomas, referring to him as “one of the greatest players in franchise history” with a legacy that “extended far beyond the playing field as a caring and generous member of our team. community”.

Countless other fans, sports reporters and former teammates and opponents are mourning the loss of Thomas, who was known for his calm, hardworking and infinitely kind demeanor. He would have turned 34 on Christmas Day. Thomas, originally from Georgia, was raised by his aunt and uncle after his mother and grandmother were convicted of crack cocaine distribution. President Barack Obama has commuted their sentences: that of his mother in 2015 and that of his grandmother in 2016.

While injuries kept him off the pitch for his first two years with the Broncos, Thomas managed to make his mark with Manning as quarterback and set several franchise records, including receiving touchdowns in a regular season and receiving yards. in a single game. He has had two seasons of over 100 tricks and ends his career with 724 receptions, 9,763 yards received and 63 touchdowns.

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