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Demaryius Thomas (1987–2021), Denver Broncos wide receiver

by Linnea Crowther

Demaryius Thomas was a wide receiver who won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos.

Football career

After playing college football at Georgia Tech, Thomas was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played for the Broncos for the bulk of his NFL career, a Pro Bowl pick in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. In Super Bowl XLVIII, in which the Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks, Thomas set an NFL record for most passes caught in a Super Bowl, with 13. Two years later, he helped the Broncos to Super Bowl victory against the Carolina Panthers. Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans in 2018 and played briefly there before being traded to the New England Patriots and then the New York Jets. He announced his retirement from his playing career in June 2021.

Thomas on his time with the Broncos

“I was there for eight-and-a-half years. I put up a lot of good ball. I learned from a lot of greats that played there…. [I]t was something special when I got to be a Bronco and know I was going to be there for a while.” —from a 2020 interview with Stokley and Zach on 104.3 The Fan


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