Demaryius Thomas
American football player, wide receiver
Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Antwon Thomas is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Thomas led the team in receiving in all three of his seasons at Tech. He was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 22nd overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. Thomas is known for his physical style of play and run after catch ability.
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Siemian stars as Broncos tame Texans to ruin Osweiler return
Yahoo News - 4 months
Rookie Trevor Siemian ruined Brock Osweiler's return to Denver as the Broncos outgunned the Houston Texans 27-9, after the visitors were rocked by a horrific injury to right tackle Derek Newton. Siemian, who stepped up as Denver's starting quarterback after Osweiler left the Super Bowl champions in the close season, on Monday completed 14 of 25 passes for 157 yards at Mile High Stadium. As well as connecting with Demaryius Thomas for a four-yard touchdown, Osweiler piloted the Broncos on four other scoring drives as Denver improved to 5-2 after consecutive losses.
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Fantasy Football: Players to Start in Week 4
NYTimes - 5 months
Cam Newton, LeGarrette Blount and Demaryius Thomas are among the players set up to perform well in Week 4.
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The Most Important Things We Know After NFL Week 3
Huffington Post - 5 months
Week 3 of the NFL season ― the last before the first string of byes ― is known as a defining week of football. Contenders and pretenders become far more evident, and hot quarterback play often halts with road tests. Week 3 of the 2016 season only reaffirmed this. Here are the three most important things we learned. The Eagles Are For Real  This shouldn’t have been much of a question mark, but after completely dominating Pittsburgh in a 34-3 rout, we can confidently call the undefeated Eagles the real deal. As we examined last week, it all starts with 23-year-old rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who has yet to commit a single turnover while amassing a 103.8 quarterback rating ― seventh best in the league ― along with five touchdown passes. Wentz has developed an instant connection with young receivers Jordan Matthews (204 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Nelson Agholor, both of whom struggled immensely in 2015 with Sam Bradford under center. And Wentz has been buoyed by a surprisin ...
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Obama frees grandmother of Denver Broncos' Demaryius Thomas
CNN - 7 months
Winning a Super Bowl is great, maybe even greater than getting honored with a personal shout out at the White House by President Obama.
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Demaryius Thomas says grandmother's sentence commuted
Fox News - 7 months
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was told that President Barack Obama commuted the life sentence of Thomas' grandmother on Wednesday.
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NFL teams wield power of franchise tag - ESPN
Google News - 8 months
Sports Illustrated NFL teams wield power of franchise tag ESPN What happened to the NFL's franchise-player deadline? This thing used to have juice. Last year, on the day of the deadline, the Chiefs, Cowboys and Broncos did long-term deals with Justin Houston, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. The only franchise ... Alshon Jeffery, Bears don't reach agreement on long-term contract as deadline passesSB Nation Alshon Jeffery, Bears Fail To Reach Long-Term Deal As Deadline PassesCBS Local Deadline passes, Bears' Alshon Jeffery will play under franchise tagChicago Tribune ABC News -Comcast SportsNet Chicago -Chicago Sun-Times -Windy City Gridiron all 18 news articles »
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Broncos headed to the White House next week
Yahoo News - 9 months
The Super Bowl champions will visit the White House on Monday and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas plans to deliver a hand-written thank-you note to President Barack Obama for commuting his mother's drug sentence last summer. Katina Smith was able to attend the Broncos' 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 four months ago after Obama cut short her sentence as part of his push to reduce the prison population of non-violent drug offenders.
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Mom's journey from jail to Super Bowl delights Broncos star
Yahoo News - about 1 year
San José (United States) (AFP) - When Katina Stuckey Smith settles into her seat at the billion-dollar Levi's Stadium to watch her son Demaryius Thomas play for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday she will be making up for lost time. Two years ago, when Thomas scored a touchdown for the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII despite playing almost the entire game with a separated shoulder, his mother was languishing in a federal prison cell in Florida. In 1999 she was jailed with Thomas's grandmother for running a crack-cocaine operation from the family home and sentenced to 24 years in prison.
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After Obama Pardon, NFL Player's Mom Finally Gets To Watch Him Play In Person
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Sunday was an extraordinary day for NFL player Demaryius Thomas -- and it wasn’t just because his team, the Denver Broncos, got one step closer to the Super Bowl. For the very first time in his pro football career, Thomas’ biggest fan was in the stands to cheer him on: his mom. Katina Smith finally has the chance to see her son play in an NFL game. pic.twitter.com/u9RgTRWtZE — NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 17, 2016 As NFL.com reports, Thomas’ mom, Katrina Stuckey Smith, has been in a Florida prison since 2000, serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking. She, however, was one of 46 nonviolent drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Barack Obama back in July. “God is good,” Thomas reacted to the news at the time, calling his mom “his best lady.”  Smith was released from prison to a halfway house in November, but she was reportedly barred from travelling for 60 days. Once that ban lifted though, Smith had just one desire -- to see he ...
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Peyton Manning Leads Broncos To No. 1 Playoff Seed
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
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John Fox's bizarre exit from Denver makes Sunday's Bears game must-see TV
Chicago Times - over 1 year
As Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas progressed through his film study this week, familiarizing himself with his next opponent, he couldn't help but notice something very recognizable. Indeed, those were John Fox's fingerprints all over the rapidly improving Bears. "These guys are going hard,"...
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Denver Broncos Unbeaten but Not Unblemished
NYTimes - over 1 year
With all the passes Demaryius Thomas is dropping and the grief Peyton Manning is catching, you'd think the Denver Broncos were 0-6 instead of 6-0.
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Elway on Demaryius Thomas' absence: 'makes no sense'
USA Today - almost 2 years
John Elway unhappy with star receiver Demaryius Thomas boycotting Broncos offseason program           
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Same expectations, but new challenges for Broncos
USA Today - almost 2 years
Denver still in Super-Bowl-or-bust mode while learning new scheme and waiting for WR Demaryius Thomas to return.           
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Demaryius Thomas
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On August 2, 2016, President Obama commuted the sentence of his grandmother, Minnie Pearl Thomas.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas is an Evangelical Christian. Thomas frequently posts about his faith on his Twitter account. Thomas has a tattoo of a portrait of Jesus with the phrase "Jesus Saves" under the portrait on his left arm. In 2010, a woman contacted Denver police suspecting she was drugged and raped after being at a party that Thomas attended, in the company of his Broncos teammate Perrish Cox. A DNA test later proved she was pregnant with Cox's child. Thomas was a prosecution witness and testified that Cox spoke to him before the act, saying that he was going to sleep with the girl and that she had consented beforehand and even offered for Thomas to sleep with her instead. However, Thomas said no, that he would have no part of it, that Cox was drunk and that he was messed up; Thomas left the party immediately after the conversation. Later when asked about the conversation, Thomas said that based on Cox's erratic behavior and speech he didn't fully believe Cox was serious, thinking that Cox was having some kind of drunken delusion. Although Cox was eventually acquitted, the woman filed a civil suit against both Thomas and Cox, suing them, inter alia, for battery, conspiracy and negligence. The claims against Thomas have since been dismissed.
  • 2015
    On July 13, 2015, President Obama commuted the sentence of his mother, Katina Smith.
    More Details Hide Details She was released at midnight on November 11–12, 2015, and saw her son play football for the first time on January 17, 2016.
    On July 15, 2015, Thomas signed a 5-year, $70 million contract extension with the Broncos, just hours before the deadline for franchise players.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was similar in structure to Dez Bryant's contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant was also franchise tagged and signed just hours before Thomas. He was also drafted just two picks after Thomas, going 24th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Between Peyton Manning struggling with a plantar fasciitis injury and Brock Osweiler never having a career start before this season, Thomas' production dropped, but he still had 105 receptions, 6 TDs, and 1,304 yards. The Broncos finished the season 12-4 and earned the #1 seed for the AFC playoffs. The Broncos beat the Steelers and Patriots to make it to Super Bowl 50 where they defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to give Thomas his first Super Bowl title. Thomas had 1 catch for 8 yards in the Super Bowl. Thomas was born to Bobby Thomas and Katina Smith in Montrose, Georgia on Christmas Day, 1987. When Thomas was a child, police raided the house where his mother and grandmother lived. His mother and grandmother were arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison and life in prison respectively for crack distribution. By all accounts a shy and introverted child, Thomas grew up with his aunt and uncle after his mother was sent to prison. As a child, he was given the nickname "Bay Bay" by his uncle in reference to the bad kids from the movie Bebe's Kids.
    ESPN's Jeff Legwold reported Thomas said he views himself as one of the elite receivers in the NFL and "I hope the Broncos agree." "Thomas has also said if no long-term deal could be worked out, he would eventually sign his franchise tender and play the 2015 season 'to help us win the Super Bowl,'" Legwold continued.
    More Details Hide Details On June 9, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported Thomas wouldn't attend mandatory minicamp, and noted the holdout could extend into training camp. However, on June 9, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said he was "confident" a deal would get done before that point, according to Legwold.
    On March 3, 2015, the Denver Broncos placed the franchise tag ($12.823 million) on Thomas.
    More Details Hide Details Reports indicated that the tag is non-exclusive, which means that Thomas can negotiate with other teams, and the Broncos have the right to match any offer, or receive two first-round picks as compensation.
  • 2014
    Thomas finished second only to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown in receiving yards for the 2014 season, with a career high 1,619 yards off a career high 111 catches.
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    On Sunday, November 16, 2014, Thomas caught ten passes for 103 yards, extending his own franchise record for consecutive 100 yard games to seven.
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    On October 19, 2014 Thomas caught Peyton Manning's all-time record-breaking 509th touchdown pass.
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    On October 5, 2014 against Arizona Cardinals Thomas made 8 receptions for 226 receiving yards, breaking the old franchise record for receiving yards in a single game held by Shannon Sharpe.
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  • 2013
    Thomas averaged 9.33 receptions and 102 yards per game during the 2013-2014 playoffs, including the Super Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details He also scored a touchdown in every playoff game. Thomas set an NFL record for most catches in a Super Bowl game by a player, despite reportedly playing most of the game with a separated shoulder. In Super Bowl XLVIII, Thomas had 13 receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown, but the Broncos lost 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks.
    Thomas was again voted to the Pro Bowl in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected to the Associated Press All-Pro team for the first time in his career.
    Recording 92 catches for 1430 yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season, Thomas ranked 9th in the league for receptions, 4th in yards and 2nd in touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details His 14 touchdowns paced all wideouts in the NFL. Thomas led the team in targets, receptions and yards for the second consecutive year. He also led the team in receiving touchdowns.
  • 2012
    As he had done in Week 1 of the 2012 season, Thomas took a screen pass for a long touchdown.
    More Details Hide Details This was quarterback Peyton Manning's 7th touchdown pass of the game, which tied him with 5 others in NFL history. Thomas received AFC Offensive Player of the Week honours for the first time in his career in the Broncos' Week 10 win over the San Diego Chargers. He posted 7 receptions, 108 yards and 3 touchdowns. Thomas made other contributions to the Broncos' historic season on offense. He caught Manning's 55th touchdown, which set an NFL record for the most touchdowns thrown by a quarterback in a single season. Manning also broke the single season passing yardage mark on that same pass to Thomas. His 633 yards after catch was 2nd in the entire league. Manning, who said that Thomas "got great speed and power and it’s fun to watch once he gets it in his hands", attributed part of Thomas' success to "all the runs he had to practice at Georgia Tech".
    He was selected to his first Pro Bowl in the 2012 season after receiver Wes Welker withdrew due to injury.
    More Details Hide Details Starting the season strong, Thomas had 5 catches for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 1 win over Baltimore Ravens.
    Thomas would go on to have a breakout year in 2012, recording 94 receptions for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details He led the team in targets, receptions and yards, and ranked 8th in the league in receptions, 4th in yards and 7th in touchdowns.
    Thomas set regular-season career highs in both catches (9) and yards (180) at New England on October 7, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He tied his career high in catches in games against the Carolina Panthers and the Cleveland Browns. Demaryius registered 3 catches for 37 yards and 1 touchdown in the Broncos' Divisional loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.
    Thomas was coming off surgery to remove pins in his left pinkie when quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos during the 2012 off season.
    More Details Hide Details This meant that, unlike fellow receiver Eric Decker, he was unable to participate in workouts with Manning. Thomas, however, made an effort to improve his route-running and quickly caught up. Manning noted during training camp that Thomas' "size, strength and speed just allow you to do certain things with him that other players just can't do." Despite reports describing the connection between Thomas and Manning as "balky", Thomas found success again in the Broncos' very first game of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Down 13 to 7, Thomas, in a move reminiscent of his game-winning touchdown in the playoffs, burned the Steelers with a 71-yard catch-and-run. The touchdown was notable because it was the first touchdown Manning had thrown in the NFL for a team other than the Indianapolis Colts, and it was also the 400th of Manning's career, making Peyton just the 3rd player in NFL history to reach that milestone.
  • 2011
    He ended the 2011 regular season with 32 receptions for 551 yards and 4 touchdowns.
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    Thomas made his season debut on October 23, 2011 against the Miami Dolphins.
    More Details Hide Details He linked up with quarterback Tim Tebow for the Broncos' first score of the game, which Denver would go on to win in overtime. Despite this early promise, he only had 4 receptions in the next 5 games as the Broncos moved towards a run-heavy option offense. Demaryius broke out in a game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 4, 2011, recording 144 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 4 receptions. He would end the season strongly, emerging as Tebow's favorite receiver and setting a franchise record by leading the Broncos in both receiving and targets over the final 7 games. But it was during the first round of the playoffs that Thomas truly made his presence felt. On January 8, 2012 Thomas caught the game-winning, 80-yard touchdown pass from Tebow on the opening play of overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card game, 29-23. This was the first non-sudden death playoff game in NFL history but Denver's score ended the game.
    On February 10, 2011 it was announced that Thomas had torn his achilles tendon while working out and was expected to miss a majority, if not the entirety, of the 2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was surprisingly activated from the Physically Unable to Perform List prior to the start of the season - Broncos GM Brian Xanders said that Demaryius had responded to rehab well and was "ready to go." Unfortunately, during his very first practice back, Thomas broke his left pinkie finger and missed the first 5 games of the season.
  • 2010
    The highlight of Thomas' season came when he beat All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for a touchdown when the Broncos hosted the New York Jets on 17 October 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas was plagued by injuries during his rookie season. He first missed playing time due to a forearm injury and a concussion; an ankle injury also rendered him inactive for five more games late in the season. Thomas ended his first season having played in 10 games, with 22 receptions for 283 yards and 2 touchdowns.
    Thomas was drafted by the Denver Broncos 22nd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details On July 31, 2010, the Broncos signed him to a five-year, $12.155 million contract with $9.35 million guaranteed. Thomas had 8 receptions for 97 yards and scored one touchdown in his NFL debut against the Seattle Seahawks. He was just the 9th player in the NFL (since 1970) to record at least 8 catches in his first game. This was also the 2nd most catches by a rookie in franchise history.
    On January 8, 2010, he declared his entrance to the 2010 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas broke his foot and was unable to participate in combine drills. He scored second highest among wide receivers with 34 on the Wonderlic test, second only to friend and future teammate Eric Decker, who had the highest score in the Combine with 43.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In 2009, during his Junior (redshirt) year at GT, Thomas had a breakout season with 46 receptions for 1,154 yards and 8 touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details This earned him 1st team All-ACC honors. He finished his career at Georgia Tech with 120 catches for 2,339 yards and 14 TDs. Many draft experts had him gaining momentum with NFL scouts going into the last couple weeks leading up to the draft and most had him as the number one or two-rated wide receiver along with Dez Bryant in the 2010 NFL Draft, including Sporting News.
  • 2007
    In the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl, he made four receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown.
    More Details Hide Details The Sporting News named Thomas to its freshman All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first team and a freshman All-America honorable mention. In 2008, Paul Johnson was hired as the head coach and implemented the run-heavy triple option offense. Thomas considered transferring but decided against it. During the season, he recorded 39 receptions for 627 yards and three touchdowns as the leading receiver. Despite playing in a heavily run-oriented system, as one of the team's few experienced players, Thomas recorded relatively high numbers. Still, compared with other receivers in the Atlantic Coast Conference Thomas' statistics were much smaller. He said, "Sometimes I think about getting many passes, but most of the time I just want to win." Thomas' mark was the best of any wide receiver from the school since Calvin Johnson in 2006. Against Duke, he caught nine receptions for 230 yards, the second-most in a single game in school history.
    In 2007, he saw action in all 13 games including 10 starts, and recorded 35 receptions for 558 yards, which ranked second on the team.
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  • 2006
    He chose to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he majored in management. Thomas sat out the 2006 season as a redshirt.
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    Thomas also competed in track & field at West Laurens. He earned a fourth-place finish in the triple jump event at the 2006 Georgia Olympics after clearing a personal-best mark of 13.92 meters (45-4).
    More Details Hide Details As a sprinter, he posted a personal-best time of 10.99 seconds in the 100-meter dash and was a member of the 4 × 100 m relay squad.
  • 2004
    He played as a wide receiver. He played for legendary coach Andrew Slome. As a junior in 2004, he recorded 32 receptions for 330 yards and three touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas was named an all-region and all-Heart of Georgia player. The following season, he recorded 82 receptions for 1,234 yards and ten touchdowns. After the game, he participated in the North-South All-Star game. Thomas was again selected as an all-region and all-Heart of Georgia, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution named him to its Class AA all-state first team and PrepStar to its All-Region team. Scout.com assessed him as the 22nd-ranked college prospect in the state of Georgia, and Rivals.com rated him the 34th-ranked such prospect. He received scholarship offers from Duke, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Born on December 25, 1987.
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