Study Reveals Former NFL Player Demaryius Thomas Had Stage 2 CTE Before he Died

Study Reveals Former NFL Player Demaryius Thomas Had Stage 2 CTE Before he Died

Study Reveals Former NFL Player Demaryius Thomas Had Stage 2 CTE Before he Died

An NFL player was found dead in his home late last year in Georgia. The player’s family just released information that he had stage 2 CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) which affects the brain and has been discovered in several athletes who had taken many blows to their heads during their playing careers.

According to a statement put out by the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), with permission from the family of Demaryius Thomas, the former Denver Broncos wide receiver’s brain was diagnosed with stage 2 (of 4) chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Researchers from Boston University CTE Center performed the brain study through the CLF.

Thomas died in December 2021 at the age of 33. The study was done to help raise awareness of CTE and encourage the football community to support research.

“Once I became aware of CTE and began to familiarize myself with the symptoms, I noticed that Demaryius was isolating himself and I saw other changes in him,” said Katina Smith, Demaryius’ mother in a written statement. “He was just so young, and it was horrible to see him struggle. His father and I hope all families learn the risks of playing football. We don’t want other parents to have to lose their children like we did.”

According to The Associated Press, Thomas was discovered dead in his Atlanta home in December.

“Preliminary information is that his death stems from a medical issue, and our investigators currently have no reason to believe otherwise,” said Officer Tim Lupo, public information officer for the police department in Roswell, Georgia in a written statement at the time of his death.

In 143 NFL games, Thomas caught 724 catches for a total of 9,763 yards and scored 63 touchdowns.

As a Denver Broncos player, Thomas was a major force in the team winning five AFC West titles, two AFC Championships and a victory in Super Bowl in 2016. He last played in the NFL in 2019 when he played 11 games for the New York Jets. He officially retired from the game last year.

Study Reveals Former NFL Player Demaryius Thomas Had Stage 2 CTE Before he Died

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