The NFL neighborhood misplaced one in every of its high gamers of the 2010s on Thursday, as former Broncos star Demaryius Thomas was discovered lifeless in his residence on the age of 33, based on a Roswell, Georgia, police report obtained by the Washington Put up. Police say preliminary info suggests Thomas’ loss of life stemmed from a medical problem.
“The NFL household mourns the tragic lack of Demaryius Thomas and we lengthen our deepest condolences to his household and family members,” the NFL launched in an announcement.
We’re devastated and fully heartbroken.
Demaryius’ humility, heat, kindness and infectious smile will all the time be remembered by those that knew him and cherished him. pic.twitter.com/0GLZIr6UP3
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 10, 2021
Thomas, who final performed in 2019, had solely formally introduced his retirement this June. He completed his 10-year profession as some of the productive extensive receivers of his time, most notably as a five-time Professional Bowler and the No. 1 pass-catcher for Denver’s 2015 Tremendous Bowl championship crew.
Drafted twenty second general by the Broncos out of Georgia Tech in 2010, Thomas spent greater than eight seasons in Denver, ending as one of many franchise’s greatest receivers — with profession numbers that rivaled or surpassed Ring of Fame honoree Rod Smith and Corridor of Fame tight finish Shannon Sharpe. He ranks second amongst all-time Broncos in profession receiving yards and touchdowns, and third in profession catches.
Thomas had 5 straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2012-2016 — 4 of them with greater than 1,300 yards. He ranks 54th amongst all-time NFL gamers when it comes to profession receiving yardage (9,763).
He’s maybe greatest identified for his starring function as Peyton Manning’s high goal through the Broncos’ bid for a number of titles within the 2010s. Thomas hauled in 28 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns throughout Denver’s 2013 postseason alone, serving to the crew advance to Tremendous Bowl XLVIII. Two years later, he topped 100 catches for a second straight season whereas serving to the Broncos declare their first Lombardi Trophy in almost 20 years.
Thomas was traded from the Broncos to the Texans in October 2018, throughout his eighth 12 months in Denver, and performed seven video games with Houston earlier than signing with the Jets in 2019. The veteran wideout performed 11 video games in New York throughout his last season, totaling 36 catches for 433 yards, then saying his retirement two years later.