Petrus played in two games as a member of the New England Patriots in 2012.
Mitch Petrus who played three seasons in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, died Thursday of an apparent heatstroke.
Petrus, 32, felt ill after working outside all day at his family's shop in Arkansas, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. He was taken to a hospital where he died.
The Pulaski County coroner listed the cause of death as heatstroke.
Parts of Arkansas were under a heat advisory Thursday with temperatures reaching the mid-90s and “feels like” temperatures above 100, the Democrat-Gazette reported.
Petrus was a walk-on player at the University of Arkansas and awarded all-Southeastern Conference honors.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch Petrus,” the Arkansas football program said on social media Friday. “He was an outstanding competitor, incredible teammate and a true Hog. He will be greatly missed by many. Rest easy Mitch.”
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch Petrus. He was an outstanding competitor, incredible teammate and a true Hog. He will be greatly missed by many. Rest easy Mitch. pic.twitter.com/pMToZaWmc3— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) July 19, 2019
Petrus was drafted in the fifth round in 2010 by the Giants. He won a Super Bowl with them the following season. He briefly played with the New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans his last season.
He retired in 2013 and moved back to central Arkansas.
We are grieving the loss of Mitch Petrus, a close friend of our family, especially my son Alex. He was all SEC guard for @RazorbackFB and played on @Giants 2011 Super Bowl champion team. 💔🙏🏻 https://t.co/6FSjQzJXDh— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) July 19, 2019
RIP to my teammate @Mitch_Petrus. This guy brought the wood EVERYDAY at practice. No days off w/ him. Fun guy to be around and was a very important part to our success @RazorbackFB. Rest easy big guy 🙏🏾— Jamaal Anderson (@Jamaal_Anderson) July 19, 2019
RIP Mitch Petrus, another loss to our Giants family way too young. Fun dude who played hard. Prayers to his family and friends 🙏🏻🙏🏻— Lawrence Tynes (@lt4kicks) July 19, 2019
Super Bowl Champ Mitch Petrus Dead at 32 https://t.co/dBTwbfuMWH— TMZ (@TMZ) July 19, 2019
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