Mitch Petrus, who won Super Bowl XLVI with Giants, dies at age 32 of heat stroke

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 15:08:25-04

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Officials say former New York Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus has died in Arkansas of apparent heatstroke. He was 32.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital. He said Petrus had worked outside all day at his family shop, and that his cause of death is listed as heatstroke.

Petrus was a University of Arkansas walk-on who played alongside Razorback greats Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and later earned all-Southeastern Conference honors. He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and had a three-year NFL career, winning a Super Bowl with New York in his second season.

He also played briefly for the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans the following year. He played in 27 NFL games including Super Bowl XLVI, CBS affiliate KTHV reports.

The University of Arkansas football program tweeted its condolences.

Like much of the U.S., Arkansas is in the grips of an intense heatwave.

CBS News’ Dr. Tara Narula told “CBS This Morning” that people should be on the lookout for a number of symptoms that signal heat-related illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

“So heat stroke is when your core temperature is 104 degrees or higher and you start to have central nervous system dysfunction. At those higher temperatures, basically, your cells start to break down, your gut becomes leaky, you risk muscle damage, kidney, liver, brain damage and even heart damage,” Narula said.