Former Denver Broncos star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died Thursday.
He was 33.
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."
We are devastated and completely heartbroken.
Demaryius' humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him. pic.twitter.com/0GLZIr6UP3
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 10, 2021
Police told TMZ Sports that Thomas was found dead in his Atlanta-area home on Thursday.
“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.
Demaryius Thomas made the new Mile High roar louder than anyone ever did.
He took hit after hit and played through pain. He never quit. Even when he was struggling, he found ways to help his team.pic.twitter.com/FjplwQdk0n
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 10, 2021
The Montrose, Georgia, native didn’t play in 2020, and then officially retired earlier this year through the Broncos.He finished his career with 9,763 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns on 724 receptions; 9,055 of those yards came with the Broncos, which ranks second in franchise history behind only Rod Smith.
Plenty of Thomas' former teammates and others in the NFL world took to Twitter to remember him on Thursday night.
We'll miss you, 88. May your legacy live on. pic.twitter.com/85bPwt7SgB
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) December 10, 2021