Broncos honour Demaryius Thomas after star tight end killed in crash

The Denver Broncos honoured tight end Demaryius Thomas by installing memorials in his honour at the team’s headquarters, and announced that a memorial fund would be created in his name.

“The Broncos family is truly blessed to have Demaryius Thomas as a member of our organization,” team president and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. “The time he spent with us and the impact he has made will forever be a part of our history and our team.”

Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowler, was killed in a single-car crash in Charlotte in June as he was traveling to Carolina to watch his younger brother, Demaryius Jr, play for the national team. He leaves behind a wife, Danielle, and two young daughters.

Thomas was the leader of Denver’s go-to offense in recent years and was one of the Broncos most important targets when Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler were on the field.

The Broncos director of football operations, John Elway, said: “Demaryius Thomas was a force for our team in all three phases of the game, whether it was through blocking, catching, or returning punts and kickoffs. He was a tremendous teammate and an important part of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.”

Former Denver assistant coach and current Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks also visited Demaryius Jr in the wake of his brother’s death.

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