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Doctors have determined that former Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered from stage 2 CTE at the time of his death in 2021
The death of former Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas was tragic enough. Now we can add another sad layer to the story.
Doctors from Boston University have diagnosed 33-year-old Thomas with CTE after studying his brain.
Thomas died in December, probably from a seizure unrelated to CTE, according to ESPN. However, the local forensic pathologist has not stated an official cause of death at this time. A car accident in 2019 is considered to be the cause of his seizures.
Demaryius Thomas diagnosed with stage 2 CTE at the time of death
Stage 2 CTE would not have caused his seizure problems, but it did contribute to neurological problems that arose in the last years of the recipient’s life. Family members have said he dealt with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, paranoia and more.
Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise considering the hundreds of former NFL players who have been posthumously diagnosed with CTE. The Boston College Concussion Legacy Foundation has found more than 300 cases while studying the brains of former professionals. There is no telling how many living athletes are currently experiencing the symptoms of the traumatic brain disease.
The native of Georgia starred at Georgia Tech for three years before heading to the NFL.
Thomas played most of his nine-year NFL career with the Denver Broncos, which picked him No. 22 in the 2010 NFL Draft. From 2012 to 2016, he produced no less than 1,000 yards per season, reaching a maximum of 1,619 in 2014. He won the Super Bowl with the franchise and received four Pro Bowl nods.
The Broncos traded him to the Texans in 2018. Before officially retiring in 2021, he spent time with the Patriots and Jets.