Ex-Giants lineman Petrus, 32, dies of heat stroke

Former New York Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus has died in Arkansas of apparent heat stroke, officials said. He was 32.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital. He said Petrus had worked outside all day at his family shop, and that his cause of death is listed as heat stroke.

Petrus was a University of Arkansas walk-on who played alongside Razorback greats Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and later earned all-SEC honors.

He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and had a three-year NFL career, winning a Super Bowl with New York in his second season. He played briefly for the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans the following year.

In addition to Super Bowl XLVI, Petrus appeared in 27 career games.

ESPN's Jordan Raanan contributed to this report.