Former New York Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus passed away on Thursday due to heatstroke at the age of 32.
Jill Bleed of the Associated Press reports that Petrus died due to heatstroke on Thursday. He was 32 years old.
Bleed writes, “Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died of heatstroke Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital after working outside that day at his family’s shop about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Little Rock.
“Like much of the country, Arkansas is in the grips of an intense heatwave. In Lonoke County, where Petrus was working, the heat index on Thursday made it feel like it was [more] than 100 degrees (38 Celsius) outside, according to the National Weather Service.”
The Giants drafted Petrus in the fifth round (No. 147 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Arkansas. He spent three seasons with the Giants, having won Super Bowl 46 against the New England Patriots in February of 2012.
Big Blue waived Petrus on Sept. 2, 2012. They then re-signed him the following day. Petrus was released on Nov. 3 of that same year, then signed with the Patriots 10 days later.
New England released Petrus on Dec. 3, 2012. The Tennessee Titans then claimed Petrus off waivers on Dec. 6 of that year, only to waive him on March 12, 2013.
Petrus played in 27 games in his NFL career, starting in three.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Petrus.