Broncos Receiver's Mom Pardoned by Obama, Finally Sees Son Play

Demaryius Thomas

Broncos Receiver's Mom Pardoned by Obama, Finally Sees Son Play

Demaryius Thomas's mother Katina Smith had spent 16 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Published January 19, 2016


Dreams came true for Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Sunday, when his mom finally got to watch him play football live for the first time.

Katina Smith made it to Denver just in time to see Thomas help lead the Broncos to a 23-16 home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their AFC divisional playoff game and she did it wearing a customized No. 88 jersey with "Bay Bay's Mama" written on the back, as reported by the Sporting News.

"Bay Bay" was the affectionate childhood nickname she gave Thomas before having to endure a 16-year prison sentence for drug trafficking.

When Thomas, now 28, was 11 years old in 1999, his mom and grandmother were arrested for narcotics trafficking. His grandmother was sentenced to life, but Smith was scheduled to be released in 2017.

Last July, however, President Obama commuted Smith's sentence, making her one of 46 prisoners that he granted clemency toward.

That allowed for Smith to return home by November, but the terms of her halfway house arrangement didn't allow for her to travel until this month and she just made this past Sunday's game.

Thomas will get to see her son play again this Sunday during the Broncos' AFC title matchup with the New England Patriots

If they win that game, Katina will be going to the Super Bowl.

What a story!

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(Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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