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Mitch Petrus
Petrus (#62) at the Giants 2010 training camp
No. 62, 67     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-11)May 11, 1987
Place of birth: Carlisle, Arkansas
Date of death: July 18, 2019(2019-07-18) (aged 32)
Place of death: Lonoke, Arkansas
Career information
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 147
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*New York Giants ( 2010 2012)
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVI)
Games played     27
Games started     4

Jonathan Mitchell Petrus[1] (May 11, 1987 – July 18, 2019) was an American football guard.

Early years

Mitch Petrus was born on May 11, 1987 in Carlisle, Arkansas. He attended Carlisle High School, where he played high school football.[2][3]

College career

An unrated tight end prospect,[4] Petrus walked on as a fullback at the University of Arkansas but was moved to offensive guard for the 2007 season.[5] He blocked for rushing tandem Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, both of whom eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark,[6] and was named to the All-SEC second team.[7] He redshirted during the 2008 season.[5] Following the 2009 season, he was named All-SEC first team by SEC coaches and second team by the Associated Press.[citation needed]

He graduated with a degree in agricultural economics.[5]

Professional career

New York Giants

At the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Petrus completed 45 reps of 225 pounds (102 kg) on the bench press, which tied defensive linemen Leif Larsen and Mike Kudla for the second most since 2000.[8]

He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the seventh guard to be selected that year. [9] He played in 17 regular-season games with three starts. In the 2011 season, the Giants finished with a 9–7 record and made the playoffs.[10] He appeared in all four 2011 postseason games, including the Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots.[11][12]

Petrus was waived on September 2, 2012 after the Giants were awarded offensive tackle D. J. Jones on waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones failed his physical with the Giants and Petrus was re-signed the next day.[13]

On November 3, Petrus was released by the Giants after tight end Travis Beckum was activated.[14]

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots signed Petrus on November 13, 2012 to help with a depleted offensive line that included injuries to Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly.[15] He was released by the Patriots on December 3, 2012.[16]

Tennessee Titans

On December 6, 2012, Petrus was claimed off waivers by the Titans.[17] He played in two games with the Titans in the 2012 season.[18] He was waived by the Titans on March 12, 2013.[19]

After his stint with the Titans, Petrus did not sign with another NFL team.[20]

Personal life

Petrus played bass guitar in a band called Vikings of the North Atlantic.[citation needed]

He resided and worked in Carlisle, Arkansas, where he died of heat stroke on July 18, 2019.[21][22]


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  4. "Mitch Petrus - Yahoo! Sports". January 28, 2005. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Higbee, Zach. "Petrus selected in NFL Draft." April 24, 2010. Profile. Archived October 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  6. "2007 Arkansas Razorbacks Football." Statistics. Archived November 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  7. "2007 All-SEC Football Team Announced." December 4, 2007. Southeastern Conference. All-SEC football teams.[dead link] Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  8. "Mitch Petrus". Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  9. "2010 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  10. "2011 NFL Standings & Team Stats" (in en).
  11. "Super Bowl XLVI - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots - February 5th, 2012" (in en).
  12. "Mitch Petrus 2011 Game Log" (in en).
  13. "Giants Re-Sign Mitch Petrus After D.J. Jones Fails Physical". CBS News New York. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  14. Associated Press (November 3, 2012). "Giants activate TE Beckum, cut OL Petrus". Yahoo! Sports.;_ylt=Ai9E0bpkYNs2JDKorVvy5sNDubYF;_ylu=X3oDMTRtcnAxZTU1BG1pdANMSVNUUyBNaXhlZCBsaXN0IE5GTCBoZWFkbGluZXMEcGtnAzllZDg3MjhkLWQxM2UtMzgyOC1hZjVkLTljZDEzMDJmMTJmNQRwb3MDNQRzZWMDTWVkaWFCTGlzdE1peGVkTFBDQVRlbXAEdmVyAzk0NTA4MDcwLTI2MDItMTFlMi1iYmZmLTdiN2ZjYWMwMWI3Yg--;_ylg=X3oDMTFoZHY1MWJpBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANuZmwEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  15. "Patriots sign former Giants guard Petrus". NBC Sports Boston. November 13, 2012.
  16. "Patriots re-sign Stallworth after losing Edelman to injury". Reuters.
  17. Wilson, Aaron. "Titans IR Steve Hutchinson, claim Mitch Petrus". Scout NFL Network.
  18. "Mitch Petrus 2012 Game Log" (in en).
  19. "Titans Waive S Jordan Babineaux, G Mitch Petrus". Tennessee Titans Online.
  20. "Mitch Petrus Stats" (in en).
  22. Gleeson, Scott (July 19, 2019). "Former New York Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke" (in en).

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