Peyton Manning announces scholarship on behalf of Demaryius Thomas
In memory of late Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning announced a scholarship endowment with Georgia Tech in Thomas’s name.
“Demaryius Thomas was an incredibly talented and selfless teammate, but more importantly he was a special person and friend,” he added. Manning wrote on social media Wednesday. “My family and I miss him dearly, and we wanted to honor DT’s memory by partnering the PeyBack Foundation with Georgia Tech to create the Demaryius A. Thomas Scholarship Endowment.
Thomas died in December 2021 at age 33. He announced his retirement in June 2021 after a 10-season career in the NFL.
Thomas was a 2010 first-round pick over Georgia Tech and had the second-most receiving yards with the Denver Bronco in franchise history.
Manning’s statement continued: “An important part of Demaryius’ legacy was how he inspired the next generation to pursue their dreams with the same perseverance and determination that defined him.
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“Through this scholarship to Georgia Tech, Demaryius will have a lasting impact on deserving young people in his hometown who can follow in his footsteps and achieve great things in life.”
In addition to the scholarship, Georgia Tech Athletics announced that August 8 each year will be recognized by Tech as Demaryius Thomas Day. Thomas wore No. 8 at Georgia Tech and No. 88 for most of his professional career.
Georgia Tech Football will also “honor Thomas’s memory throughout the 2022 season with a #8 helmet decal and #8 memorial painted on the field for home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium,” it said. Wednesday school.