DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 15: Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas
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Former Denver Broncos star receiver Demaryius Thomas has reportedly died at the age of 33.
Football was played on Thursday night, but in a flash, the game became absolutely meaningless.
As the Steelers-Vikings game continued to descend into strange chaos, news spread across Twitter that former Denver Broncos star receiver Demaryius Thomas had died at the age of 33.
Thomas was just two years removed from being on an NFL roster, having last played for the New York Jets. But Thomas will forever be remembered as a critical piece of the Denver Broncos Super Bowl-winning roster, and a favorite target of Peyton Manning during his time with the team.
Miles Garrett, a reporter in the Atlanta area, as well as KOARadio insider Benjamin Allbright, passed along word on Thursday that Thomas had unexpectedly died.
I just emailed Demaryius Thomas position coach while he was at West Laurens High School – Jeff Clayton.
He tells me that the rumors are true. The former Georgia Tech and Broncos receiver has passed away at the age of 33. pic.twitter.com/WnmVfm1ln2
— Miles Garrett (@MilesGarrettTV) December 10, 2021
No cause of death has yet been made available.
Thomas was a first-round pick for the Broncos back in 2010 after an incredible career at Georgia Tech. His greatness was evident before Manning came to Denver, as Thomas helped deliver one of the best moments in Broncos history when he walked off the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card with Tim Tebow as his quarterback.
When Manning was signed by the Broncos, Thomas’ career went to another level. As Manning’s favorite target, he helped break franchise and league records, as well as helping return a Super Bowl title to Denver.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.