Demaryius Thomas' family says player had stage 2 CTE
Former Georgia Tech standout Demaryius Thomas had stage 2 CTE, a degenerative brain disease associated with hits to the head, when he died in December 2021, doctors from Boston University announced Tuesday.
- Thomas, who was 33, also suffered from seizures that began after a 2019 car crash. Doctors believe he most likely died after a seizure, the New York Times reported.
- The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office hasn't given an official ruling on his cause of death.
Between the lines: Seizures are not usually associated with CTE, but the combination of the two conditions shed light on the depth of Thomas' agony in his final months.
- A Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos, Thomas exhibited erratic behavior, while also experiencing memory loss, paranoia and isolation, friends and family told the Times.
- He took anti-seizure medication and tried ozone therapy, a hyperbaric chamber and massages, but nothing worked.
What they’re saying: Thomas' mother, Katina Smith, who lives in Dublin — southeast of Atlanta and east of Macon, in middle Georgia — told Good Morning America that her son would often tell her, "Mom, I don't know what's goin' on with my body — I gotta get myself together … I don't feel like myself anymore."
- Bobby Thomas, his father, told the Times, "He spent a lot of money on his body and look what happened, you know? … I didn't know that he was that bad off."
What’s next: Thomas' family is working with Dublin officials to plan a Demaryius Thomas Day on July 16. They’ll release 88 balloons, the same number as his Broncos jersey number.
Go deeper with the full New York Times story.
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