Originally the Giants' fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Petrus appeared in 17 games with NY and made three starts before making brief stops with the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans practice squads prior to retiring from the NFL in 2012.
Via the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Pulaski County coroner said Petrus died at 10:45 p.m. local time after being brought to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock.
Former Arkansas football player Mitch Petrus died on Thursday night after suffering a heat-related illness.
A walk-on at the University of Arkansas, Petrus earned all-Southeastern Conference honors during his junior and senior seasons. Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs ruled heat stroke as the official cause of death.
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A heat advisory was in effect for a large swath of Arkansas on Thursday including Lonoke County, where temperatures reached the low-to-mid 90s and the heat index made it feel hotter than 100 degrees, the National Weather Service said.
Following news of his death, the University of Arkansas' football team - which Petrus once played for - shared a touching tribute on social media.
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 also played briefly for the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans the following year. He would play in 23 regular season games over two-plus seasons, with three starts. He won a championship ring as part of the Super Bowl XLVI team.