Former NFL standout passes away, aged 33

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The NFL satellite has been stunned by the decease of erstwhile Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, astatine conscionable 33 years of age.

He was recovered dormant successful his location successful Roswell, Georgia. The origin of decease is not yet known.

Thomas was portion of the winningest four-year play successful squad past from 2012-15 with Peyton Manning astatine quarterback. The Denver Broncos went 55-17 during that span, winning 2 AFC titles and Super Bowl 50.

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Manning said helium ne'er played with idiosyncratic arsenic big, arsenic beardown and arsenic accelerated arsenic Thomas, who caught 445 passes for 6,249 yards and 46 touchdowns from 2012-15, including the playoffs.

Thomas' biggest catch, nevertheless came with Tim Tebow astatine backmost successful an AFC wild-card crippled connected Jan. 8, 2012, erstwhile helium hauled successful a 80-yard touchdown walk connected the archetypal drawback of overtime to bushed Pittsburgh 29-23 successful a memorable moment.

Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas was recovered dormant successful his home, aged 33. (Getty)

Thomas was selected 22nd wide successful the 2010 draught retired of Georgia Tech. After playing for the Broncos from 2010-18, helium was traded to the Houston Texans and finished his vocation with the Jets successful 2019.

"DT was the implicit bundle arsenic a wide receiver, increasing into 1 of the precise champion astatine his position," Broncos president of shot operations John Elway said earlier this twelvemonth erstwhile Thomas officially retired.

"The operation of his size, speed, spot and athleticism was unmatched. Demaryius' singular consistency and accumulation were instrumental successful our discourtesy mounting historical records and our squad winning a batch of games, including 2 AFC championships and Super Bowl 50.

"Equally arsenic awesome arsenic his galore catches, large plays and touchdowns was the information helium didn't miss a crippled for astir 7 years successful a row."

Despite appearing connected the wounded study 2 twelve times with finger, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, neck, calf and manus injuries, Thomas played each imaginable crippled during his last 7 seasons successful Denver.

"You could ever number connected DT. He belongs among the top players successful Broncos past for what he's meant to this organisation connected the tract and retired successful the community. We admit everything Demaryius did for america and congratulate him connected his status from the NFL," Elway said.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl 5 consecutive seasons, opening successful 2012 and finishing successful 2016 with Trevor Siemian astatine backmost pursuing Manning's status a period aft winning Super Bowl 50.

He tied a franchise grounds with 14 TD catches successful 2013 arsenic the starring scorer connected the astir prolific discourtesy successful league history, 1 that piled up a grounds 606 points. His champion statistical play came a twelvemonth aboriginal erstwhile helium acceptable vocation highs with 111 catches for 1,619 yards.

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