Devin McCourty praised Demaryius Thomas



“DT was a great guy.”

Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham, left, passes the baton to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Steven Senne/AP File Photo

In the days following the death of Demaryius Thomas, many in the footballing world expressed their condolences.

Patriots safety Devin McCourty, speaking on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Friday, said he was shocked to hear the news.

He entered the league the same year as Thomas (2010), played against him several times, and got to know him when Thomas was briefly with the Patriots in 2019. Although he didn’t play in a game regular season, his presence was still very much felt in New England.

“Just the ultimate veteran,” McCourty said. “So many times seeing him talk to the younger ones, about the conversations we had. Just bad news for anyone who had the opportunity to know him.

“To be a player and to be around the game, just retiring in June, that’s just sad news, man.”

He called Thomas a dominant force and said he helped receivers such as N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers during training camp. He called it a “great opportunity” to have Thomas in the squad that year.

“At one point in training camp, between him (Julian Edelman) and (Josh Gordon), we had a reception room stacked with talent and accomplishments,” McCourty said.

McCourty also took to Twitter to show some love to Thomas, who was found dead at his home on Thursday at the age of 33.

“DT was a great guy,” McCourty wrote. “Touched so many lives.”


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