Demaryius Thomas hopes his mom can see him play

Posted at 10:53 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 15:20:03-05

Demaryius Thomas is trying to get his mother to Denver so she can see him play football for the first time.

Katina Smith was released from federal prison last summer when President Barack Obama commuted her sentence on drug trafficking charges. It was part of the president's push to reduce the prison population of non-violent offenders.

Smith went to a halfway house in Georgia and was restricted from traveling until now.

Thomas said he hopes she can see him play when the Broncos (12-4) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) on Sunday.

He said the reunion "would mean a lot. This would be her first game. I'll be excited. She'll be excited."

Smith and her mother were arrested when Thomas was 11 years old. Her mother, Minnie Pearl, remains in prison.

According to ESPN, Emmanuel Sanders - whose locker is next to Thomas' - the whole team knows Thomas is looking forward to Smith being at the game.

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