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Peyton Manning Announces Endowment To Honor Demaryius Thomas: Fans React

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Peyton Manning after the two connected on a touchdownpass in the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, September 14, 2014. (Photo by Steve Nehf/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Peyton Manning is paying it forward in the name of one of his favorite targets, the late Demaryius Thomas.

On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos, along with the Manning family, announced a scholarship named after the four-time Pro Bowl receiver who tragically passed in 2021 at the age of 33.

In a statement from Manning:

Demaryius Thomas was an incredibly talented and unselfish teammate, but more importantly, he was a special person and friend. My family and I miss him dearly, and we wanted to honor D.T.'s memory by partnering the PeyBack Foundation with Georgia Tech to establish the Demaryius A. Thomas Scholarship Endowment.

An important part of Demaryius' legacy was the way he inspired the next generation to pursue their dreams with the same perseverance and determination that defined him. Through this scholarship to Georgia Tech, Demaryius will have a lasting impact on deserving youth from his hometown area who can follow in his footsteps and accomplish great things in life.

Football fans reacted to Manning honoring D.T.'s legacy on social media. "A great gesture from Peyton Manning in honor of his former teammate," tweeted Aric DiLalla.

"This is incredible," said another user. "Peyton Manning publicly stated he’s never played with a WR like Demaryius Thomas before. But to see the friendship both he and Thomas share warms the heart. That Manning guy is something else."

"Manning's a real one!!!"

"An incredibly thoughtful, impactful gesture by Peyton Manning to honor the legacy of teammate & friend Demaryius Thomas," replied Patrick Smyth.

"May his legacy live on!" another commented.

An incredible gesture to honor an incredible life.