Former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who played for the Jets and Texans, has died after eight years of training with the Broncos.
He was 33 years old.
His cousin, who is close to Thomas, said he recently had seizures and was found in the shower of his home in Atlanta.
“He had been suffering from seizures for more than a year and we believe he had seizures while taking a shower,” LaTonya Bonseigneur told the Associated Press.
Local police said only that “according to preliminary data, his death was due to a medical problem.”
Thomas was part of the Broncos team that defeated the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl 50. Thomas, who was the first round pick from Georgia Tech by the Broncos in 2010, spent part of his nine seasons with the AFC Western team. In 2012, he scored against Tim Tebou in the first round playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mile High Stadium.
“We were devastated and our hearts were completely crushed” This was stated in a statement by the Broncos. “Demari’s humility, warmth, kindness, and contagious smile will remain in the memory of those who knew and loved him.”
“His heart is broken“Former Broncos teammate DeMarcus Ware.
“Eternal Love Brother,” Brandon Marshall, another key member of those Broncos teams, wrote.
“DT was a better man than a player and he was a Hall of Fame player” Peyton Manning is his defender for three seasons at the Pro Bowl in Denver. “It shows you how good a man he is.”
In 2015, in the process of gathering for that Super Bowl, Thomas ’mother was released from prison after more than a decade. Katina Smith was severely punished for refusing to testify against her mother and Thomas’ grandmother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, in a federal drug case. President Obama commuted the sentences of Smith and Minnie Pearl Thomas in 2015. When the Broncos arrived as Super Bowl winners, Thomas brought a letter to Obama at the White House asking for his grandmother’s release.
In the 2018 season, he was replaced by the Houston Texans. In 2019, he signed two contracts with the New England Patriots before being transferred to the New York Jets. He scored once in a 14th week win over the Miami Dolphins along with TD pass Gang Green from Sam Darnold.
He did not sign for the 2020 season and announced his retirement in July 2021.
Thomas finished his career in 143 games with 724 catches, 9763 yards and 63 touchdowns.