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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — New York Giants offensive guard Mitch Petrus, a former Razorback, throws during Media Day for NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Mitch Petrus, a former fullback and offensive guard at Arkansas who went on to play in the NFL, died Thursday night after suffering a heat-related illness, officials said.

Petrus, 32, died at 10:45 p.m. after being taken to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock, Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said.

He said records indicate Petrus reported feeling ill after working all day outside and in his family's shop in Lonoke County. The cause of death was listed as heat stroke, Hobbs said.

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. A heat advisory is in effect again on Friday for roughly the northern half of Arkansas.

Petrus, who graduated from Carlisle High School, walked on at Arkansas bounced around at three positions - tight end, linebacker and fullback - his first two seasons before finding a home along the offensive line as a junior in 2007.

He was voted All-SEC as an offensive guard in 2007 and as a redshirt senior in 2009, when he did not allow a sack and was a favorite blocker of head coach Bobby Petrino.

Petrus was a preseason All-SEC pick but was unable to play in 2008 because of an academic complication that stemmed from changing his major.

Petrus was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. In 2011, he started three games and played in the Giants' victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46.

Petrus played for three teams in 2012 - the Giants, Patriots and Tennessee Titans. His final of four professional starts came with the Titans late in the 2012 season.

Petrus returned to central Arkansas after retiring from the NFL in 2013.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Mitch Petrus did not play in an NFL game after was released by the Giants. It has been corrected.

This story originally published at 8:03 a.m. on July 19, 2019

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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 19, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.

    This is a very small part of infinity.
    I can assure the family is anywhere, but here.
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    #illeatyoursoul #sacredcows

  • Seitan
    July 19, 2019 at 1:48 p.m.

    UOA, your ego is out of control. Everyone is sick of you. Get help.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 19, 2019 at 1:50 p.m.

    IN PRIOR DELETED COMMENTS
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    you dont like me saying ironically unfunny things about your "heros"
    or what you consider moral and ethical.
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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 19, 2019 at 1:51 p.m.

    youre so intelligent so you just keep deleting my harmless opinion on your "HEROS"
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  • Seitan
    July 19, 2019 at 1:52 p.m.

    Ego is not your amigo. Therapy might be.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 19, 2019 at 1:52 p.m.

    "the family will see" and?
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    it doesnt respect your feelings
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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 19, 2019 at 1:52 p.m.

    my ego, and yet you want me to consider your feelings.
    thats cute.

  • Seitan
    July 19, 2019 at 1:54 p.m.

    UOA. Even Jesus hates you.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 19, 2019 at 1:55 p.m.

    go get drunk and call each other librul and CONservative thats funnier right?
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  • Seitan
    July 19, 2019 at 2:01 p.m.

    Aw. See how easy it is to set you off?
    That's why Jesus hates you. It's in the Bible.

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