Absolutely heartbreaking, unexpected news late on a Thursday night; Demaryius Thomas, former Pro Bowl WR and Super Bowl 50 champion, passed away at the age of 33.
Thomas was a first-round pick (22nd overall) in 2010 out of Georgia Tech and broke onto the scene in 2011 as Tim Tebow's primary target. He had a string of five straight Pro Bowl seasons from 2012-16 and was one of the most productive receivers of the decade. From 2012-2015, he averaged 100.5 receptions, 1447 yards and 10 touchdowns a year. Including the playoffs, he scored 69 career touchdowns and holds countless Broncos records.
His playoff production dropped in 2015, but that was not his fault, as Peyton Manning was a shell of himself, but his most notable career moment came in January 2012..with another "shaky" quarterback.
In the Broncos 2011 Wild Card win, Thomas had four receptions for 204 yards (for an absolutely unheard of 51 yards/reception) and a walk-off touchdown in the first playoff game under the new overtime rules (even though this touchdown still would've won the game under the old rules).
At this point, no cause of death has been announced. While we all have that morbid curiosity, but it really doesn't matter; 33 is 33, and that in and of itself is such a tragedy. I remember watching him get drafted on a cruise my senior year of high school, he just officially retired this year. This isn't supposed to happen, not for a long time. Demaryius Thomas' birthday is Christmas Day, and with it being so close, I can't even begin to imagine what his family and friends are feeling right now. It's just another "this can all end in a second" moment that stops you in your tracks. I was watching Thursday Night Football when I found out from a buddy, and the game instantly felt meaningless. It's just so fucking sad, man, only 33. I'm sure more news will come in the following days, but now it's just shock and sadness. R.I.P. Demaryius Thomas. My thoughts are with his loved ones.