Out of prison, Demaryius Thomas' mother could see him play for 1st time

When the Broncos host the Steelers in Sunday's AFC divisional-round matchup, Demaryius Thomas' mother, Katina Smith, could be in attendance. Hardly seems noteworthy -- players' families are routinely in the stands -- except that Smith has never seen her son play in person.

Arrested when Thomas was 11, Smith was released from prison after a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking was commuted by President Obama over the summer. After a stint in a Georgia halfway house, her travel restrictions have been lifted. And now Thomas is trying to get her to Denver in time for Sunday's game.

"Yeah, she can travel now, so we're working on that," Thomas said, via USAToday.com's Lindsay Jones. "It would mean a lot. It would be her first game. I would be excited. I know she'll be excited. It would mean to see her first game live."

If the top-seeded Broncos win, they will return to the AFC Championship Game for the second time in three seasons.

In July, Obama commuted the prison sentence of 46 nonviolent drug offenders, at the time the largest number of sentences commuted by a president since the 1960s.

Demaryius Thomas was 11 when his mother was arrested. (USATSI)
Demaryius Thomas was 11 years old when his mother was arrested. (USATSI)
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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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