Demaryius Antwon Thomas was born in Montrose, Georgia on December 25, 1987. A wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, he is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and in 2013, he was ranked at number 68 in the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.
For high school, Thomas attended West Laurens in Dublin, Georgia, where he was an All-Region and All-Heart of Georgia player in his junior year. He received both of those honors again as a senior, as well as being named Class AA first team All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Thomas subsequently received scholarship offers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia and Duke University and eventually committed to Georgia Tech.
After redshirting in 2006, Thomas participated in all 13 games of the 2007 season, starting 10 of them and The Sporting News named him first team All-ACC. The following year, the team's run-oriented system impacted negatively on his stats and he considered transferring. However, as a junior, he recorded 46 catches for 1,154 yards and eight touchdowns, and was a first team All-ACC selection. At the end of the season, he declared his entry into the 2010 NFL Draft.
During the draft, Thomas was selected by the Denver Broncos as the 22nd overall pick. He managed 8 catches and scored a touchdown in his first game, but his rookie season was interrupted by injuries and only managed to appear in 10 games. Injury also affected the beginning of his 2011 season and he was initially expected to miss the majority of the year with a torn achilles tendon, but responded well to physiotherapy and was back in action by October. He enjoyed a breakthrough year, especially during the NFL Playoffs, where he scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round.
Then, in the 2012 season, Thomas managed 94 catches for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns and became a Pro Bowler for the first time, after Wes Welker withdrew with an injury. The 2013 season brought with it even greater success, as Thomas recorded 92 receptions for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns in the regular season and helped guide the Broncos to the AFC Championship. Although they were unsuccessful at Super Bowl XLVIII, Thomas set a Super Bowl record for receptions, was named second team All-Pro and received the second Pro Bowl selection of his career.
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