Today 5x pro-bowler and Super Bowl champion Demaryius Thomas announced his retirement after ten seasons in the NFL. This is a guy who caught touchdown passes from some of the great quarterbacks of this generation, I’m talking Manning, Watson, Tebow, you know, the all-time legends. I gotta say, as a 19-year-old, seeing this guy retire really has me feeling old. I remember watching him come into the league as a young whippersnapper out of Georgia Tech and single-handedly win Tim Tebow a playoff game and then slowly blossom into one of the best recievers in the league.
Not only will I remember this guy as the top receiving threat on one of the greatest offenses of all time, but as a legendary fantasy football trade piece. Anyone who’s played fantasy within the past ten years has heard the words “and I’ll throw in Demaryius Thomas” in trade negotiations. And I gotta say, that would always push me over the edge, there was just something about that guy where you loved having him on your team. A solid 15 points per game, maybe he hits 20 if he gets into the end zone.
Really though, this guy was one of the great receivers of my childhood, and I’m sad to see him leave the game. In his prime, he was one of those guys where you’d constantly ask yourself “how did he get so wide open?” I’ll never see number 88 in that bright orange Broncos jersey and not think about Demaryius Thomas. I’ll miss the guy.