Former NFL lineman Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke at age 32

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Mitch Petrus, an offensive lineman who spent time with the Giants, Patriots and Titans, has died at the age of 32.

Petrus had been working all day outside at his family’s business in Lonoke County, Arkansas, and died of heat stroke, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. A heat advisory has been in effect in Central Arkansas, with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity.

Born and raised in Carlisle, Arkansas, Petrus began his college football career as a walk-on tight end and fullback who wasn’t expected to see any playing time for the Arkansas Razorbacks. But after bulking up and moving to guard, Petrus was named first-team All-SEC in 2009.

The Giants took Petrus in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft, and he earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants after the 2011 season. The Giants cut him in 2012 and he played briefly for the Patriots and Titans after that.

20 responses to “Former NFL lineman Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke at age 32

  1. So sad that people disregard warnings from both the NWS and their own bodies when it comes to the intense heat and humility of summer.

  2. Very sad news.
    It’s obviously been proven before that even elite athletes aren’t immune to the effects of the excessive heat and soaring temps.
    Take care of yourselves, stay hydrated and cool.

  3. billh1947 says:
    July 19, 2019 at 10:29 am
    So sad that people disregard warnings from both the NWS and their own bodies when it comes to the intense heat and humility of summer
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    Believe it or not, some people have to make their wages to support their family. I work in construction for a living. I can’t see myself saying that I’m gonna take the day off because it’s too hot. You just have to make sure you take your breaks and stay well hydrated. I feel bad for this guys family.

  4. To the construction worker above – I understand that certain occupations require working outdoors. However, there is no reason to endanger your life to fulfill your job requirement. Breaks and frequent hydration may not be enough for some people in this severe heat.

    If your employer is requiring you to put your life on the line, when a fee hours off in the heat of the afternoon will not critically delay any project, you may want to find another employer.

  5. Believe it or not, some people have to make their wages to support their family. I work in construction for a living. I can’t see myself saying that I’m gonna take the day off because it’s too hot.
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    No, you can’t just take the day, but your company can and might force you to. There’s a reason why it’s called a “federal” heat advisory. It’s not a good ol’ fashioned warning from your friendly NWS. It’s a federally mandated health and safety measure. If someone died of heat on the job during a heat advisory, the company would be open to major lawsuits, not to mention federal sanctions. But either way, let’s not let a discussion of how hard you work sully an article about the unfortunate death of a young man– hearts out to the family.

  6. RIP. For everyone else, please be cognizant of the heat warnings for the next few days, NYC and DC will be touching 100 degrees and with the humidity this will be very dangerous. The elderly especially will need to stay in constant air conditioned areas, so if the air conditioning where you are isn’t sufficient please go to a commercial establishment, such as a movie theater or retail store to stay out of the heat.

  7. The humidity was stiffling yesterday and a heat warning in affect. It’s not to be taken lightly. So sad.

  8. All of you armchair quarterbacks are healthcare professsionals all of a sudden? Lol. Thanks Docs.

  9. There may be other factors we aren’t privy too. Global warming? I guess is never been warm in summer down south before. Those people are robots

  10. Climate change claims another victim
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    No doubt! I was in that part of Arkansas a year or two before ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ were being put forth. It was July, mid-90s, high humidity – a mid-summer day in the Southeast.

    Sad for the Petrus family, friends, and Razorback fans and NFL fans. Condolences to all.

  11. What sad news, for a young man in the prime of his life to die in such a way. It makes me realize how tough football players are that he could block out all the mental and physical pain to the point where he died.

    Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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