The Denver Broncos will honor late wide receiver Demaryius Thomas by wearing a helmet decal featuring his No. 88 during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions (4:05 p.m. on FOX).
Thomas, who played for the Broncos from 2010-18, was found dead at his home in Georgia on Thursday night. The 33-year-old reportedly died from medical complications stemming from a vehicle crash that occurred in 2019.
The 22nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Thomas caught 724 passes for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns in his 10-year NFL career. He won Super Bowl 50 and was a four-time Pro Bowler with Denver, but also played for the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and New York Jets.
“There’s still 10 players on this team that played with him,” head coach Vic Fangio said during his press conference on Friday. “A bunch of coaches that coached him, including (running backs coach) Curtis Modkins, who recruited him to Georgia Tech and was one of his college coaches besides being on the staff here in 2018 with him.
“We have over 40 workers in the organization and the support staff that were around him. Just seeing and feeling their reaction and hurt just tells you what a special player D.T. was. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but (him being) a special player and a special person is obvious by their responses.”
The decal is white and features Thomas’ number in the Broncos’ font in blue with an orange stroke, mimicking Denver’s road uniform. His number will be painted on the sideline at Empower Field at Mile High, while there will be also be a memorial outside of the stadium whee fans can pay their respects.
Photos courtesy of @Broncos on Twitter.