Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas; Von Miller and DeAndre Hopkins are among the Rams and Cardinals players who paid tribute to Demaryius Thomas on Monday Night Football.

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The tragic death of former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas shocked the NFL community last week. On Christmas, the 10-year NFL veteran, who announced his retirement in June, would have turned 34.



According to investigators, preliminary reports indicated that Thomas’ death may have been caused by a medical condition.

Thomas’ teammates, coaches, and fans began pouring in passionate condolences shortly after the news surfaced.

Peyton Manning, the Hall of Fame quarterback who connected with Thomas for his NFL all-time record-breaking 509th touchdown throw, issued the following statement early Friday morning: “DT was a finer person than a player, despite the fact that he was a Hall of Famer. That demonstrates how terrific a person he was. He cared for my children as if they were his own. Every teammate’s charity event drew him in…. I’m completely devastated.”



The Broncos, who selected Thomas in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, honored the beloved Denver legend in a variety of ways on Sunday.

His No. 88 could be located in almost every area of the stadium, and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff, with a video tribute playing on all of the stadium’s screens. The Broncos then lined up in a 10-man configuration for the game’s first play from scrimmage.

The Broncos put an exclamation point on a 38-10 win over the Detroit Lions with a final, 14-play, 88-yard touchdown drive to top off an emotional day.



Von Miller, a former Denver star and current Los Angeles Rams linebacker, took to Instagram on Monday night to show a decal on his helmet honoring his former teammate with the message “88 4 L ETERNAL,” prior of the Rams’ game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Thomas and Miller were teammates for nine years with the Broncos, winning Super Bowl 50 together.

Two players of the Cardinals’ offense, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and kicker Matt Prater, wore a similar decal on their helmets to honor their former comrade.



Hopkins and Thomas both played for the Houston Texans, and Prater for the Denver Broncos.

Thomas also played for the New York Jets for one season.

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