Ex-Giants Super Bowl champ Mitch Petrus, 32, dies of heat stroke

Report: Former Razorback Mitch Petrus Has Died

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs ruled heat stroke as the official cause of death.

Pulaski County Coroner Greone Hobbs told NBC News that Petrus died at 10:45 p.m. Thursday after being taken to the Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock in Arkansas.

Petrus, who was 32, had spent the day working outside of his family's business near Little Rock, Ark.

An Arkansas native, Petrus played at the University of Arkansas from 2006-09.

Born and raised in Carlisle, Arkansas, Petrus began his college football career as a walk-on tight end and fullback who wasn't expected to see any playing time for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Like much of the country, Arkansas is in the grips of an intense heat wave.

Petrus 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.

Petrus was a standout for the Arkansas Razorbacks, prior to being drafted by the Giants.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Mitch Petrus did not play in an National Football League game after was released by the Giants. He also had an interest in politics, serving as Republican state Senator Jonathan Dismang's chief of staff during the legislature's 2018 session, when Dismang was the chamber's president.

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