Wiegmann makes statement on slain coach

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Through the Broncos' PR department, Denver Pro Bowl center Casey Wiegmann made a statement about the shooting death of his school coach, Ed Thomas, of Aplington-Parkersburg High in Parkersburg, Iowa.

Here is Wiegmann's statement:

"I was extremely saddened to hear the news this morning about the passing of Coach Ed Thomas. He was a great Christian man. I learned a lot from him, both as a player and a man. Last year, you could see exactly what the football program means to Aplington-Parkersburg in the way the community pulled together to restore the football field after the tornado. That is a reflection of Coach Thomas. I cannot begin to count the number of lives he affected in this community. I know I carry many of the lessons I learned from him with me every day. My family and I pray for Coach Thomas' family."