Ex-Giants offensive lineman dies of heat stroke

Report: Former Razorback Mitch Petrus Has Died

Report: Former Razorback Mitch Petrus Has Died

Petrus had reportedly spent the day workout outside at his family's shop in Lonoke County when he complained of feeling ill. There had been a heat advisory in effect for much of Arkansas on Thursday. This risky heat warning is spilling into Friday so people in Arkansas should be wary of venturing outside.

Mitch Petrus, a former fullback and offensive guard at Arkansas who went on to play in the National Football League, died Thursday night after suffering a heat-related illness, officials said.

During his college career, Petrus played alongside Razorback greats Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and later earned all-Southeastern Conference honours. He had played football fir Carlisle High School prior.

Petrus was a preseason All-SEC pick but was unable to play in 2008 because of an academic complication that stemmed from changing his major.

He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and got into 11 regular-season games his rookie year, with no starts. He won a championship ring as part of the Super Bowl XLVI team.

He would be released in 2012, spending a short time on practice squads for the Patriots and Tennessee Titans, but never played again in a game.

The official Razorbacks twitter account posted a tribute to Petrus on Friday morning.

'We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch Petrus, ' they said in the tweet. The Giants cut him in 2012 and he played briefly for the Patriots and Titans after that. He will be greatly missed by many.