Former Razorback Mitch Petrus, a starter at offensive guard on Houston Nutt’s final Arkansas team and Bobby Petrino’s first two, has died. The official cause of death is heat stroke, according to the Pulaski County Coronor Gerone Hobbs.
Petrus was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock on Thursday with heat-stroke symptoms after working outside all day at his family’s farm in Lonoke County, according to Hobbs. The heat index in central Arkansas on Thursday topped 100 degrees. The time of death was listed at 10:45 p.m. Petrus was 32.
A Carlisle native, Petrus played for the Giants, Patriots and Titans in the NFL. He started four games in his pro career and played in the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots following the 2011 season. In 2013, he retired from pro football and returned to Arkansas.
Before settling in on the offensive line, where he earned all-SEC honors in 2007, Petrus spent time at fullback and tight end. He redshirted in 2008, and as a senior in 2009 helped lead the Hogs to a Liberty Bowl win over East Carolina.