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Peyton Manning Opens Up On Recently Deceased Teammate Demaryius Thomas; Starts Scholarship at Georgia Tech In His Name

Published 04/30/2022, 4:10 PM EDT

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Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was recently sharing details behind his way of paying tribute to late Broncos teammate Demaryius Thomas. The 2-time Super Bowl champion recently was announcing the creation of a scholarship endowment with Georgia Tech for Thomas. He reveals the deep bond between him and his family is a driving force in creating something to honor him.

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During his appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, Manning reveals to guest host Ryan Leaf the motivation behind the scholarship. He describes how Thomas was a close family friend and someone with a deep bond with his children. Manning recalls seeing him during the Hall of Fame banquet and reiterates the love and admiration between Thomas and his family.


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While talking about Demaryius Thomas’s scholarship endowment, he states, “It was great to see him and just still haven’t quite processed what happened in December and just can’t believe he’s gone. Just want to carry on his legacy and his memory by honoring him by paying it forward and creating a scholarship at Georgia Tech for someone from the same county as Demaryius to give them an opportunity to go reach their dreams.

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Manning seems to be attempting to deliver the inspirational story of Thomas and his rise to playing in the NFL. The collaboration with Georgia Tech seems to be a welcome surprise for Manning. Thomas enjoyed a decade-long NFL career and announced his retirement in June 2021.


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But the sad news of his passing in December was shocking for the 4-time Pro Bowler and his family. The former Broncos wideout holds the second-most receiving yards in franchise history. He remains immortalized in the memories of the Broncos fans.


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He won the Super Bowl championship alongside Manning in 2015 and be part of the team that ended the wait.


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The Broncos fans will appreciate this grand gesture from their former QB for one of their former beloved players. But the fans will also look forward to another exciting NFL season in 2022 following a whirlwind offseason of changes.



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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