Former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas dies suddenly at age 33

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


On Thursday, former NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Demaryius Thomas died suddenly at his home in Roswell, Georgia at the age of 33 years old. Authorities revealed that he died from complications due to a seizure.

Thomas was one of the most prolific wide receivers of the 21st century. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, where he spent eight seasons and became a favorite target of Hall of Fame quarterback Payton Manning. Thomas went to Super Bowl XLVIII and won Super Bowl 50 as one of the most dangerous targets on a talented Denver offense. He also made it to four Pro Bowls in his career.

His most famous play came early in his career, during the Broncos wildcard playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 season. He caught a brilliant 80-yard touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to win the game in overtime, completing a thrilling upset. Throughout his career, he was universally respected by both teammates and opponents.

Manning spoke very highly of Thomas, whom he lovingly referred to as “D.T.,” upon hearing the news. He said,

He treated my kids like they were his own. He was there for every teammate’s charity event. I texted with D.T. on Tuesday. He was talking about a TD audible we called vs. Arizona in 2014. Absolutely devastated.

Thomas was dealt to the Houston Texans in 2018 and finished his career with the New York Jets before retiring this past summer. He will be missed by Denver Broncos fans and NFL fans nationwide.