Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders and Bills Mafia Honor The Demise of WR Demariyus Thomas With Powerful Gesture

Published 02/06/2022, 3:04 PM EST
Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis (13) scores a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders and the Bills Mafia recognize when someone special is lost too early. The long history of American Sports athletes giving back to their community makes NFL athletes special. Sanders also gave back while honoring his recently deceased teammate and WR Demaryius Thomas.

Sanders visited the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo on Friday. The Bills WR unveiled the new Emmanuel Sanders Game Area built in honor of Thomas. Both players were teammates during Sanders’ stint in the NFL with the Denver Broncos from the 2014-2018 seasons. Both also shared a special moment of their career as they won Super Bowl 50.

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But unfortunately, Thomas suddenly passed away on 9th December 2021 because of a medical condition. The news of his passing reached the Bills Mafia, who displayed a gesture of ultimate respect. They donated funds to Sanders’ charitable programs.

Emmanuel Sanders remembers his departed teammate and brother

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Sanders honored Demaryius Thomas’s memory by donating to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo. Thomas used to donate funds to the Boys and Girls Club of Denver when he was alive. Sanders recalls how charity made Thomas extremely happy, and it was something he loved doing. Sanders, before the ribbon-cutting, recognizes the generosity of the Bills Mafia for remembering his friend and his life.

Jan 9, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (20) is brought down by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Justin Houston (50) and outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) during the first half in the AFC Wild Card game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Both Thomas and Sanders were off the belief that kids made them happy and they intended to make them happy. The donations were Sanders’ way of immortalizing the life of Thomas, who was a great human being. The Bills WR was in awe of Thomas and his selfless attitude and believes that the world would have been a better place with him in it. 

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Despite the extreme cold weather, he donated in person and even got recognized by Thomas’ mother. He shares the same moral compass as his deceased friend and wasn’t afraid to share his life with every NFL fan.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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