The Denver Broncos will honor former wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Sunday with a pregame moment of silence as well as a tribute to be played on the stadium’s video boards.
The Broncos, who will face the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High, will also wear decals on their helmets of Thomas’ No. 88.
Thomas was found dead Thursday in his Roswell, Georgia, home. Police indicated Thomas’ death might have resulted from a medical issue.
Former teammates said Thomas had told them he had suffered from seizures in recent months. LaTonya Bonseigneur, Thomas’ cousin, told The Associated Press early Friday that Thomas had suffered seizures for a year and that family members had spoken to him Wednesday.
Former Broncos receiver Thomas dies at age 33
Thomas, who was to turn 34 on Christmas, had announced his retirement from the NFL in June.
The Broncos held a team meeting Friday morning to talk about Thomas’ death. Team CEO Joe Ellis, who was the Broncos’ chief operating officer in 2010 when Thomas was a first-round draft pick, was among to speak, as did running backs coach Curtis Modkins, who recruited Thomas as a Georgia Tech assistant and came to the Broncos in 2018, the year Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans.
Denver has 10 players on the current roster who were teammates with Thomas and over 40 coaches, staff members and support personnel who were with the team during Thomas’ nine seasons.
“Seeing and feeling their reaction, their hurt, just tells me what a special player DT was,” said Broncos coach Vic Fangio. “Special player, special person is obvious by their responses. … The people that knew him and were around him, they’re sad and depressed, down, but … we’re ready to pay tribute to him on Sunday.”
Fangio said the players and staff members who needed to talk about Thomas’ death would have counselors and a team chaplain available to them.
Left tackle Garett Bolles, who was the Broncos’ first-round pick in 2017, said Friday that he still has a message on his phone from Thomas welcoming him to the team just after he was selected.
“We all love him. We all miss him,” Bolles said. “I know he touched my life. … He left a legacy.”
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