Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs told NBC that Petrus did not have any pre-existing conditions that contributed to his heatstroke death. He would go on to be drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
Petrus had been working outside at his family's shop in heat that was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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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. His death comes at the same time that a heat advisory was delivered to those living within Arkansas. The area has been under a heat advisory, with temperatures into the 90s.
Before making to the major league, Petrus was a stand-out at the University of Arkansas.
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During his college career, Petrus played alongside Razorback greats Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and later earned all-Southeastern Conference honours. He won a Super Bowl while with the Giants during the 2011 season. He was picked up by the New England and played two games for the Patriots before being released.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch Petrus", it reads.
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After retiring from the NFL in 2013, Petrus returned to central Arkansas, where he made regular local appearances as a Razorbacks football analyst and was featured on the sports talk radio show Out of Bounds for two years. He also had an interest in politics, serving as Republican state Sen.