Former Giants OL Mitch Petrus Dies of Apparent Heatstroke at Age 32

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2019

New York Giants' Mitch Petrus against the Minnesota Vikings in an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 in Detroit.  (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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Former NFL offensive lineman Mitch Petrus has died at the age of 32 from suspected heatstroke, according to the Associated Press.

Petrus reportedly spent Thursday working outside at his family shop in Arkansas and died that night at a North Little Rock hospital.

The University of Arkansas product spent three seasons in the NFL from 2010 to 2012, mostly with the New York Giants.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, there was a heat advisory throughout Arkansas on Thursday with a heat index that made it feel over 100 degrees.

Those who knew Petrus mourned his death on Twitter on Friday:

The Giants selected Petrus in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, and he appeared in 17 games over his first two seasons. He was on the 2011 squad that won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots.

After the Giants released Petrus in November 2012, he was signed by the Patriots and also spent time with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans released him in March 2013, concluding his NFL career.

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