After the shocking news of Demaryius Thomas’ death on Thursday night, tributes from across the NFL have been pouring in for the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
Peyton Manning, who spent four seasons playing alongside Thomas with the Denver Broncos, released a statement.
“D.T. was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player,” said Manning. “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.”
Thomas was reportedly found in his shower after suffering from a seizure.
LaTonya Bonseigneur, Thomas’ first cousin, told Paul Newberry of the Associated Press that the family believes his death is related to seizures he had been having for more than one year:
“He had been suffering from seizures for over a year, and we believe he had a seizure when he was showering. He was alone and a friend couldn’t get hold of him, so he called his driver, who has a key because of these seizures, and he went into his home and found him in the shower.”
During the 2010 Draft, the Denver Broncos made Thomas the No. 22 overall pick. He rewarded them playing in two Super Bowls with the Broncos, winning one in 2015.
The New England Patriots signed Thomas before the 2019 season, but he was traded to the Jets before appearing in a game with the team.
It was back in June of this year when he had formally announced his retirement.