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Demaryius Thomas to Posthumously Receive a Major Honor

Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will posthumously be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday (April 26) night, the Broncos announced on their official Twitter account.

"Tonight, Demaryius Thomas will be posthumously inducted into the @COSportsHoF. So we want to spend the day celebrating some of our favorite memories in honor of D.T. & his legacy. #LLDT," the Broncos tweeted.

Thomas, 33, was found dead at his home in Roswell, Georgia, on December 9, 2021, which was later confirmed to be from "complications of a seizure disorder," according to an autopsy report from the Fulton County (Ga.) Medical Examiner's office shared with ESPN in August. In July, researchers at Boston University told ABC News that the former wide receiver had experienced chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that has long been linked to football-related head injuries, but noted that the CTE was not ruled as Thomas' cause of death.

The autopsy report also confirmed that Thomas' seizure disorder was not believed to be caused by his CTE.

FOX 5 Atlanta producer Miles Garrett initially reported that he received confirmation that Thomas, a Georgia native and Georgia Tech standout who was living in his home state at the time, had died from Jeff Clayton, the former wide receiver's position coach at West Laurens High School, via email on December 9, 2021, after several former teammates paid tribute to Thomas.

"I just emailed Demaryius Thomas position coach while he was at West Laurens High School - Jeff Clayton," Garrett tweeted. "He tells me that the rumors are true. The former Georgia Tech and Broncos receiver has passed away at the age of 33."

Thomas was selected by the Broncos at No. 22 overall in the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft after a decorated collegiate career at Georgia Tech, which included earning first-team All-ACC honors in 2009. The Montrose, Georgia native emerged as the Broncos' primary wide receiver and recorded more than 1,000 yards and 90 receptions during five consecutive seasons (2012-16), earning a Pro Bowl nod during each season, including the 2016 season, which resulted in Denver's third Super Bowl in franchise history.