A familiar face to anyone who watched the AFC West over the last decade tragically passed away when news broke on Thursday that longtime Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had died at the age of 33.
Thomas passed away at home and, according to an ESPN report, family members stated they’d spoken with Thomas just a day before. They believe he passed away from a seizure, a condition from which he’d been suffering for the last year.
As part of the dynamic Denver offenses in the earlier half of the decade, Thomas was a vital cog to the passing attack that led to the team’s Super Bowl championship in 2015.
Several KC Chiefs players paid tribute to former Denver Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas who passed away at the age of 33.
Thomas was originally selected by the Broncos at No. 22 overall in the first round by the Broncos back in the 2020 NFL Draft. From there, it took him a couple of years to seize a starting role with the Broncos but he became a well-known target in 2012 with 94 catches and over 1,400 yards in a breakout season—which led to his first Pro Bowl selection.
From there, Thomas would go on to catch a total of 665 passes in a Broncos uniform, good for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns. He’d add another 700 or so yards and 3 touchdowns in his final seasons and shorter stints with the Houston Texans and New York Jets.
Tributes came in from all over the National Football League as expected when the news that Thomas had died came across social media and the news wire. That included several members of the Kansas City Chiefs organization—players past and present—who tipped their hat to a very talented receiver and a well-liked player.