THE FLATS – Legendary large receiver Demaryius Thomas, a two-time Nationwide Soccer League All-Professional whose 2,135 receiving yards in three collegiate seasons rank sixth in Georgia Tech soccer historical past, represents Tech within the 2022 Atlantic Coast Convention Soccer Honors Class, the ACC introduced on Wednesday. Thomas and representatives from the convention’s 13 different soccer establishments shall be celebrated throughout festivities surrounding the Subway ACC Soccer Championship Sport on Dec. 2-3 in Charlotte, N.C.
After redshirting as a real freshman out of Dexter, Ga. in 2006, Thomas performed three seasons at Georgia Tech (2007-09). He formally recorded 113 receptions (tenth in class historical past) for two,135 yards (sixth) and 13 touchdowns (t-seventh) in his three campaigns as a Yellow Jacket, and his whopping 25.1 yards per reception as a junior in 2009 stays the second-highest single-season receiving common in Tech’s all-time annals. After serving to lead Tech to consecutive Atlantic Coast Convention Coastal Division championships in 2008 and 2009 and incomes All-America (third workforce) and all-ACC (first workforce) recognition in ‘09, he declared for the 2010 NFL Draft.
Thomas turned solely the twelfth first-round draft decide in Georgia Tech historical past when the Denver Broncos chosen him with the twenty second general decide within the 2010 Draft. He went on to play 10 seasons within the NFL, highlighted by eight-and-a-half campaigns with the Broncos. He caught 724 passes for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns as a professional, together with 665 receptions for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns in 125 video games with the Broncos (figures that rank third, second and second in workforce historical past, respectively). He owns 16 Broncos franchise information, together with single-season receiving yards (1,619 – 2014) and profession 100-yard receiving video games (33). He earned second-team All-Professional honors in 2013 and 2014 and was a four-time Professional Bowl choice (2012-14, 2016).
As a professional, he’s maybe finest remembered for being one of the crucial prolific postseason performers within the Broncos’ illustrious historical past. Making his NFL playoff debut within the divisional spherical of the 2011 playoffs versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, he caught 4 passes for a Denver postseason-record 204 yards, together with the game-winning 80-yard landing reception on the primary play of time beyond regulation that lifted the Broncos to a legendary 29-23 win. Two seasons later (2013), he made his first of two Tremendous Bowl appearances with the Broncos in Tremendous Bowl XLVIII and set a then-Tremendous Bowl file with 13 receptions in Denver’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Two extra seasons later (2015), he gained Tremendous Bowl 50 with the Broncos (a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers). After his eight-and-a-half seasons with the Broncos, he closed his NFL profession with the Houston Texans (2018) and New York Jets (2019). He formally introduced his retirement in June 2021.
Affectionately nicknamed “Bay Bay,” Thomas was born on Christmas Day, 1987, and died on Dec. 9, 2021 on the age of 33. He was identified at Georgia Tech and within the NFL for his work in the neighborhood, significantly with youth initiatives.
Earlier this 12 months, the PeyBack Basis, the charitable group based and led by Thomas’ NFL teammate and Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and his spouse, Ashley Manning, established the Demaryius A. Thomas Scholarship Endowment at Georgia Tech. The endowment supplies educational scholarships to attend Georgia Tech for incoming freshmen from Laurens County, Ga., the place Thomas was born and raised, or surrounding areas, who show vital monetary want.
Along with Thomas, the 2022 ACC Soccer Honors Class consists of Boston School’s Luke Kuechly, Clemson’s Terry Allen, Duke’s DeVon Edwards, Florida State’s Terrell Buckley, Louisville’s Bilal Powell, Miami’s Chuck Foreman, North Carolina’s Natrone Means, NC State’s David Amerson, Pitt’s Darrelle Revis, Syracuse’s Donovan McNabb, Virginia’s Thomas Jones, Virginia Tech’s Michael Vick and Wake Forest’s Ricky Proehl.
Aggressive Drive Initiative
In a unified endeavor, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Basis, Georgia Tech athletics and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund have come collectively to speed up funding for student-athlete scholarships with the launch of the Aggressive Drive Initiative. The initiative kicks off with the Speed up GT Match Program, the place any new present to the A-T Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund made via Dec. 31 shall be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Georgia Tech Basis, as much as $2.5 million. Ought to Speed up GT attain its $2.5 million fundraising purpose, the matching present would lead to a $5 million affect for Georgia Tech athletics. To study extra and to contribute on-line, go to atfund.org/speed up.
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