Demaryius Thomas was one of the greatest and most beloved player in the Broncos History. The late wide receiver, who died suddenly was honored during the opening minutes of the game by his former team, the Denver Broncos.
Thomas, who allegedly died from a medical issue last week was at the forefront of everyone’s mind this Sunday. The Broncos paid homage to him with an assist from the Lions. 10 men on the Broncos took the field while WR Courtland Sutton took a knee on the sidelines as his team let the play clock run out.
This team effort essentially served as a moment of silence. The significance of leaving Thomas’ position vacated on the field was symbolic. It felt like it was meant to be filled by him in spirit.
As reported by TMZ the Broncos made sure their guy was recognized properly, as he was a big part of their SB run in 2016. They were penalized for this, but the Lions declined the penalty and let them play on as if nothing had happened. The team seemed to be grateful for this gesture of the lions. There was also a video compilation played on the jumbo screen before kickoff, which showed off some of Thomas’ highlights from when he was playing for them.
In addition to the on-field moment and the video, there were several other tributes set up throughout the stadium. A memorial that had been set up for Thomas was visited by Peyton Manning and his family before the game. There was also a portrait of the guy that was on display in the tunnel, which players kissed and tapped as they made their way to the gridiron. And even on the field itself, the Broncos emblazoned Thomas’ former number, 88, right there onto the grass.