Sun Devil Nation lost one of its own Saturday as former ASU football player Tyrice Thompson passed away at the age of 27.
Thompson, a Phoenix native, succumbed to injuries suffered from a stabbing incident Sunday at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, where Thompson worked security. Police questioned a suspect, but no arrests have been made.
Thompson was an articulate, well-liked student-athlete during his time in Tempe from 2003-2007. The former walk-on was a humorous, well-natured individual, who could always be counted on for a great sound bite, when he was not joking with his teammates. A consummate team player, Thompson lined up at defensive end, tight end and wide receiver for the Sun Devils.
Thompson became a crucial receiving target for ASU his senior year in 2007, when he collected 15 receptions for 272 yards and a memorable touchdown in the Territorial Cup when he snagged a Brett Favre-like flip from quarterback Rudy Carpenter out of the air for a score. Thompson was also a special teams standout; blocking a field goal, a punt and recovering a fumble, helping the Sun Devils to a 10-win season and a co-Pac-10 championship.
After graduation, Thompson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts, before being released in training camp.
An ideal Sun Devil whose life was cut short, Thompson’s life will be remembered by all who don the maroon and gold. Rest in Peace, Tyrice Thompson. You will be missed…