Former Broncos Star Demaryius Thomas Dies, NFL Players Pay Tribute

by Clayton Edwards

Yesterday, the world learned that Demaryius Thomas passed away at the age of 33. Football fans remember him as the wide receiver for Georgia Tech as well as several NFL teams. Most notably, Thomas wore the 88 jersey for the Denver Broncos for nine seasons after being their first-round draft pick in 2010. Thomas helped take the Broncos to the Super Bowl twice and took home one ring.

He was Peyton Manning’s top target during Denver’s Super Bowl run in 2015.

On the field, Demaryius Thomas was a rare talent. Off the field, DT was a man of faith who boosted the morale of those around him. He was a light in the world that was snuffed out much too soon. Fans across the nation mourn his passing. In addition, his former teammates and other NFL players took to Twitter to share their sorrow and remember the young Super Bowl champ.

The Death of Demaryius Thomas Sends Shockwaves Through the NFL

Many current and former NFL players took to Twitter to mourn the passing of Demaryius Thomas. Many posted simple and shocked “RIP” tweets. However, some who knew him or knew of him highlighted the kind of man DT was on and off the field.

Former teammate Benjamin Watson, who played alongside Demaryius Thomas during his time with the New England Patriots, spoke about his character. “Only spent a few weeks together while with the Patriots, but it was impactful. Another teammate gone too soon,” he said. Then, he added, “This is sad. Every single one.”

The official McCourty Twins Twitter account is also remembering Demaryius Thomas after his tragic passing. They, too, highlighted what kind of teammate he was. “…spent a few weeks together and DT was a flat out GREAT dude,” they wrote before saying that Thomas “Impacted so many lives.”

Julian Edelman, another former teammate of Demaryius Thomas, also shared the above sentiment. He noted that even though he and DT only played together for a “couple weeks,” Thomas made an impression on Edelman.

It isn’t just Thomas’ former teammates who are mourning his loss, though. Las Vegas Raiders cornerback and fellow Georgia native Casey Hayward also tweeted about the death of Demaryius Thomas. “RIP Bay Bay!! Real Middle Ga legend!!! Rest up #DT #88.

Demaryius Thomas was the kind of guy whose reputation preceded him. Fellow NFL players didn’t need to share the locker room with him to know what kind of man he was off the field. Two-time Super Bowl champ and retired defensive end Chris Long confirmed this with his tweet. “Never knew DT off the field. But I heard about the kind of teammate + man he was. Hate losing dudes from this fraternity. Everyone feels it. Heartbreaking,” Long wrote.