January 17, 2022

Broncos to honor Thomas previous to Sunday’s sport

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos will honor former huge receiver Demaryius Thomas on Sunday with a pregame second of silence in addition to a tribute to be performed on the stadium’s video boards.

The Broncos, who will face the Detroit Lions at Empower Area at Mile Excessive, can even put on decals on their helmets of Thomas’ No. 88.

Thomas was discovered useless Thursday in his Roswell, Georgia, house. Police indicated Thomas’ loss of life might need resulted from a medical difficulty.

Former teammates mentioned Thomas had informed them he had suffered from seizures in current months. LaTonya Bonseigneur, Thomas’ cousin, informed The Related Press early Friday that Thomas had suffered seizures for a yr and that members of the family had spoken to him Wednesday.

Thomas, who was to show 34 on Christmas, had formally introduced his retirement from the NFL this previous June.

The Broncos held a workforce assembly Friday morning to speak about Thomas’ loss of life. Crew CEO Joe Ellis, who was the Broncos’ chief working officer in 2010 when Thomas was a first-round draft choose, was amongst those that spoke to these in attendance, as did operating backs coach Curtis Modkins, who recruited Thomas as a Georgia Tech assistant and got here to the Broncos in 2018, the yr Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans.

The Broncos have 10 gamers on their present roster who have been teammates with Thomas and over 40 coaches, employees members and help personnel who have been with the workforce throughout Thomas’ 9 seasons.

“Seeing and feeling their response, their damage, simply tells me what a particular participant DT was,” mentioned Broncos coach Vic Fangio. “Particular participant, particular particular person, is clear, by their responses. … The those that knew him and have been round him, they’re unhappy and depressed, down, however … we’re able to pay tribute to him on Sunday.”

Fangio mentioned the gamers and different employees members who wanted to speak about Thomas’ loss of life would have counselors in addition to a workforce chaplain obtainable to them.

Left deal with Garett Bolles, who was the Broncos’ first-round choose in 2017, mentioned Friday he nonetheless has a message on his cellphone from Thomas to welcome Bolles to the Broncos simply after Bolles was chosen in that draft.

“All of us love him. All of us miss him,” Bolles mentioned. “I do know he touched my life. … He left a legacy.”