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Peyton Manning 'Absolutely Devasted' After Death Of Former Broncos Teammate Demaryius Thomas

DENVER (CBS4) - Former quarterback Peyton Manning released a statement through the Denver Broncos overnight after the death of his legendary teammate Demaryius Thomas, saying he is devastated.

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Quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos celebrates on the sideline after throwing his NFL record 509th career touchdown pass with Demaryius Thomas, who caught the pass, in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Oct. 19, 2014. (credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

"D.T. was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player. That tells you how good of a person he was. He treated my kids like they were his own. He was there for every teammate's charity event," wrote Manning.

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Quarterback Peyton Manning (C) poses with his daughter Mosley, his son Marshall, and former Denver Broncos teammates including Brandon Stokley, Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas, Ty Sambrailo, Emmanuel Sanders, and David Bruton after announcing his retirement from the NFL at the UCHealth Training Center on March 7, 2016 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, who played for both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos in a career which spanned 18 years, is the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and tied for regular season QB wins (186). Manning played his final game last month as the winning quarterback in Super Bowl 50 in which the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, earning Manning his second Super Bowl title. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

"I texted with D.T. on Tuesday. He was talking about a TD audible we called vs. Arizona in 2014. Absolutely devasted."

Thomas died at his Georgia home on Thursday. He was 33.

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