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Peyton Manning, Wife Ashley, Announce Endowment To Honor Demaryius Thomas

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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)

On Wednesday morning, Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, announced that they've endowed a scholarship at Georgia Tech in Demaryius Thomas' name.

Thomas, a former Pro Bowl wideout for the Denver Broncos, passed away in December at the age of 33. He won a Super Bowl with Manning during the 2015 season.

"Demaryius Thomas was an incredibly talented and unselfish teammate, but more importantly, he was a special person and friend," Manning said. "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."

Here's the post from Manning:

The official press release states that the Demaryius A. Thomas Scholarship Endowment will "endow academic scholarships to attend Georgia Tech for incoming freshmen students from Laurens County, Ga., where Thomas was born and raised, or surrounding areas who demonstrate significant financial need."

The Manning family's generous contribution will help Thomas' legacy live on for years to come.