Denver Legend Demaryius Thomas Passes Away at Only 33


Demaryius Thomas in Bronco Uniform (Wikimedia)

On Thursday night, we lost another legend, Demaryius Thomas. Police report they found him dead in his house that night, and suspect it was a medical issue. One of Thomas’s cousin that he so close to that they were practically siblings said, “He had been suffering from seizures for over a year, and we believe he had a seizure when he was showering,” His cousin said early Friday. “We’re not sure when he died. We just spoke with him yesterday.”

Demaryius Thomas was a talented player, but even a better person off the field. He was beloved by almost everyone in the Denver Bronco organization and almost the entirety of the NFL. He will remembered as one of the best and one of the most important players in franchise history. His former teammates described him as humble and kind with a warm and infectious smile. Thomas only left the NFL 6 months ago, with a video announcing his retirement in June.

Future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who played with Thomas as much as anyone, came and spoke on Friday morning. “DT was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player,” Manning said. “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. … Absolutely devastated.”

Georgia Tech, where DT played in college, also honored him. Based off of what they said, it sounds like he had the same reputation in college as he did in the NFL. Coach Geoff Collins says that Demaryius Thomas was one of his favorite people, and he will be missed. Prayers go out to his family.

Yesterday, on Sunday, the Denver Broncos honored Demaryius Thomas in their blowout win over the Detroit Lions, including an 88 yard touchdown drive for DT’s number 88. Number 88 could be found in almost every corner of the Stadium on Sunday, including a memorial by the field and number 88 inscribed on all of the players’ helmets.

After a moment of silence throughout the Stadium before the game, they then showed a tribute video, for he was a legend to this organization. Then the broncos lined up for the first play of the game on the 25 yard line with only 10 men, until the play clock ran out. It was an emotional moment and few days for many bronco fans and pretty much any NFL fan who grew up watching the game.

In the past 10 years, Thomas was among those players that I grew up watching, with Big Ben, Tom Brady, Marshawn Lynch, Rob Gronkowski…legends. Demaryius Thomas was an inspiration on and off the field and therefore should always be remembered. You know a player is special when a player makes a bigger influence off the field than he does on the field. Rest in peace, DT.