Petrus had been working all day outside at his family's business in Lonoke County, Arkansas, and died of heat stroke, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. This unsafe heat warning is spilling into Friday so people in Arkansas should be wary of venturing outside. A heat advisory has been in effect in Central Arkansas, with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity.
According to ArkansasRazorbacks.com, Petrus was an offensive guard for the Razorbacks and played 49 games with 25 starts during his career at the university.
An Arkansas native, Petrus played at the University of Arkansas from 2006-09. While with the team, he took part in their victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. He won a Super Bowl while with the Giants during the 2011 season. Tennessee then signed him and he played two games for the Titans before the team released him the following March. "Our thoughts go out to Mitch's family and friends", the Giants wrote in a statement. He will be greatly missed by many.
Petrus was a standout for the Arkansas Razorbacks, prior to being drafted by the Giants. He also had an interest in politics, serving as Republican state Senator Jonathan Dismang's chief of staff during the legislature's 2018 session, when Dismang was the chamber's president.