Peyton Manning: I never played with anybody as big, strong, powerful and fast as Demaryius Thomas

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Peyton Manning had some strong praise for Demaryius Thomas today, on the occasion of Thomas announcing his retirement from the NFL.

Manning, who played with Thomas for four seasons in Denver, said nobody did it better.

“Congratulations on an incredible NFL career,” Manning said in a video directed at Thomas. “It was an honor and privilege to play with you, to be your teammate. I always had great respect for your toughness, your work ethic, your fearlessness across the middle, your ability to make big catches in big games. I never played with anybody as big and strong and powerful and as fast as you. I wish you all the best in this next chapter. Job well done, pal. All the way from Atlanta to Georgia Tech to the Denver Broncos. You did it the right way at the highest of levels and you did it for a long time. Proud to be your friend.”

In their four years together, Thomas caught 402 passes for 5,787 yards and 41 touchdowns. The Broncos went 50-14 in those four years, and the Manning-Thomas pairing concluded with the Broncos winning Super Bowl 50.

14 responses to “Peyton Manning: I never played with anybody as big, strong, powerful and fast as Demaryius Thomas

  1. Yeah DT had the size of a TE which made him hard to cover as a WR. He had an great career with some jaw dropping plays. Best of luck Demaryius!

  2. burchmt1 says:
    June 28, 2021 at 8:24 pm
    After Kam Chancellor hit him in the Super Bowl he was never the same…
    325 catches 6000 yards 31 TD’s and a Super Bowl Victory in his last 4 years in Denver. Yeah, he really packed it up after that hit lol
    He was the only one on that Super Bowl 48 Denver team that didn’t give up. In fact, he set the record for most receptions in a Super Bowl. I realize it was garbage time, but speaks to his heart and effort. Get outta here with your casual fan revisionist history and give some respect

  3. I’ll play the devil’s advocate. Noticed Manning only mentioned physical attributes. Traits like football awareness, smarts, craftiness, etc. weren’t mentioned. He dropped a lot of critical balls during his playing days in Denver that had you screaming at the TV. When the drive came to 3rd and 5, Emmanuel Sanders was my clutch guy.

  4. burchmt1 says:
    June 28, 2021 at 8:24 pm
    After Kam Chancellor hit him in the Super Bowl he was never the same…
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    Hate to say it but you’re right.

  5. bob25 is right …

    Lack of concentration and injuries derailed a HOF-potential career …

  6. I recall him coming up to Eric decker shutting him down cuz Decker had just made a big catch in a big spot and wanted to show boat but DT was situationally aware and kept a penalty from happening.

  7. britishraven says:
    June 28, 2021 at 6:49 pm
    He owes Peyton about 50% of his career earnings
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    You could argue that Manning owes his single-season records to Thomas. When Manning hits Thomas for a 1-yard pass that he takes 78 yards into the end zone, Manning gets credit for 75 passing yards and a TD.

    During his best years, I haven’t seen many receivers who were physically more dominant than Thomas, and he was key to how that offense functioned. I think Seattle taking away the WR screens was a big part of why the hawks blew out the heavily-favored Broncos in the Super Bowl.

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