TUCSON, Ariz. – Giants ’comprehensive coach Tike Tolbert has led Demaryius Thomas with the Broncos for seven seasons.
He was devastated to hear the news of Thomas’ death at the age of 33 on Thursday night.
“My heart is heavy today because I am grieving the death of DT,” Tolbert said on Twitter on Friday. “He was like a son to me and one of the best people I knew. I will miss him. ”
Devons Devonte Booker and long-distance player Casey Craiter were both Thomas ’teammates in Denver. Joe Judj coached Thomas for the 2019 season and training camp in New England.
“You hear such reports, there is no good way to accept it,” the judge said on Friday. “You take on all of his sporting achievements, but they don’t light a candle on what kind of person he was. There are a lot of guys in our building and in the whole league who are affected by this. Tayke was very close with DT, very close with him. And that affects his whole family. ”
Thomas won the Super Cup in Denver and collected the bulk of Tolbert’s 724 hunt, 9,763 receiving yards and 63 TDs.
“My heart is broken,” Tolbert told Mike Klees of 9News in Denver.
“When she came to our house on holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, my daughters would bake a cake for her at Christmas because it was her birthday,” Tolbert told Klis. “He told the guys,‘ Let no one touch my cake. No one will touch my cake. And then he gives everyone a piece. ”
Tolbert said he learned about Thomas’ death from his agent and then received texts from Peyton Manning, former Panthers receiver Steve Smith and former Broncos assistant coach Eric Studesville.
Former Giants receiver Benny Fowler, a three-year-old teammate who won the Super Cup with Thomas in Denver, wrote on Instagram that Thomas has “the biggest heart.”
“My brother DT, [you] treated my family and friends like his family and friends, took my thinking and approach to things to another level, ”Fowler writes.“ I will forever cherish you and your family. Your legacy is only from the best Broncos of all time as one, but in the warmth and brotherhood that comes with how you treat others, “Christmas” and “grape jelly” will live forever in a funny southern dialect in your pronunciation. ‘
“We all miss what you did and what we expected you to do next,” Fowler added. “But you didn’t miss anything. You all had a good life. I love you brother.”
The judge said he woke up one night with reports of sad news from his wife.
Thomas was briefly injured with the Patriots in 2019, when the referee began coaching receivers in addition to being the coordinator of special teams. But the referee said the successful receiver had a “deep” impact on him and many of the players.
“This young man was able to lead the team as an older, more experienced player,” the referee said. “He was in the PUP at the time. He was wounded. But his ability to be a player and a coach is sometimes wisely shared and talked about through techniques, and when we talk about game plans, he almost surpasses the hours he spends sitting in my office.
“We talked through route techniques, we talked through defense recognition, we talked about how he sees it on the field,” the referee said. “It was great. But if we put all the football events aside, none of this shows what kind of person this guy was, and I think everyone who interacted with him was influenced by him.
Thomas was found dead in his home Thursday night, Rosvell Police Department told the Associated Press.
“According to preliminary reports, his death is related to a medical problem and there is currently no reason for our investigators to have a different opinion,” a department spokesman said.
LaTonya Bonseigneur, her first cousin who grew up with Thomas, told the AP that her family believed she had died from the eclipse.
“He had been suffering from seizures for more than a year and we believe he had seizures when he took a shower,” he told the AP. “He was alone and his friend couldn’t hold him, so he called the driver who had the key because of these seizures, and he went into the house and found her in the shower.”
Thomas was known for his involvement in the community as much as he was loved on the field. Current and former players, from Tom Brady to Tim Tebou, filled their voices on social media on Thursday and Friday about losing friends.
“I love you all,” Thomas told fans when he retired this summer. “I will always love you.”
The judge said such a tragedy could restore people’s views.
“It makes you think every day about how happy we are for any opportunity we have, and you never know when it will end,” he said.