It’s never easy to lose a friend, especially at such a young age. Eric Decker and his wife, Jesse James Decker, are reeling over the loss of Eric’s former teammate, Demaryius Thomas. Eric took to Instagram to share a carousel of images of himself and Thomas both on and off the field, along with a heartbreaking tribute. “Demaryius, I love you! I can’t believe it, I don’t want to believe it. RIP,” Eric started the post, before sharing that he and Thomas first met at the pre-NFL draft in 2010.
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“I was enamored by his presence. Not many 20-year-olds built like him. I was rehabbing from major foot surgery and was struggling with it. Felt alone and weak,” Eric explained, adding that he and Thomas bonded as they both recovered from surgeries at the same time. “He was the brother I always wanted,” Decker shared. The two parted ways in Arizona only to reunite as teammates in Denver a few years later. “He was my roommate, confidant, Batman to my robin, record-setting teammate,” Decker shared. “We shared many travels, he was in my wedding, held my babies, and was always in my corner. His smile was infectious- transformed a room when he arrived. His heart was gold!”
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Jesse also posted on her own Instagram, sharing an emotional tribute and adding, “I don’t know if we will ever truly heal from this one.” Rest in peace.