Former New York Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus died Thursday night of heat stroke after working outside at his family’s towing business in Arkansas, according to NBC. He was only 32 years old.
The temperature in Little Rock had reached 92 degrees on Thursday with a heat index of 103. Hospital personnel said Petrus had been drinking water but not enough electrolytes.
Petrus played NFL football for three seasons, including Super Bowl 46, in which the Giants beat the Patriots. Former teammates described Petrus as fun-loving and a good teammate who will be greatly missed.
After leaving the NFL, Petrus worked as an analyst and commentator for televised high school games in Arkansas. He also served as chief of staff for Republican state Sen. Jonathan Dismang in 2018 when Dismang was president over the chamber.
“With his energy and how positive he was, he was just a perfect fit for that session,” Dismang said about Petrus on Friday.
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