Former Denver Broncos star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died Thursday. Born Christmas Day, 1987, Thomas was found dead just 16 days short of his 34th birthday.
The Broncos confirmed various media reports of Thomas’ death. In a statement, the team said:
“We have lost an incredible player and a special person in Demaryius Thomas. Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the Thomas family and all who are grieving this unimaginable loss.”
Thomas was found deceased in his home on Thursday night, the Roswell (Georgia) Police Department confirmed in a statement to NFL Media. Preliminary information is that Thomas’ death stems from a medical issue, and Roswell PD investigators currently have no reason to believe otherwise, according to NFL.
“Preliminary information is that his death stems from a medical issue, and our investigators currently have no reason to believe otherwise,” Roswell, Georgia, police officer Tim Lupo wrote in an email to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Thomas played in the NFL from 2010-2019, almost exclusively for the Broncos, who took him with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Georgia Tech. Thomas played three seasons with the Yellow Jackets and racked up 1,154 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior season in 2019 before turning pro.
Thomas went just three picks ahead of Tim Tebow in Round 1 of that draft.
The four-time Pro Bowler thrived alongside Peyton Manning in Denver during the 2015 season’s Super Bowl run and recorded 1,304 yards and six touchdowns that season.
Thomas is also credited with one of the more memorable moments in Broncos playoff history, when he caught an 80-yard touchdown from Tebow on the first play of overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 wild-card round.