Broncos' Demaryius Thomas' Mother May See Him Play in Person for 1st Time

Vanessa de Beaumont@@vanessadebeauContributor IJanuary 13, 2016

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 20:  Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos in action during the game against Antwon Blake #41 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 20, 2015 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 20:  Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos in action during the game against Antwon Blake #41 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 20, 2015 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Image
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

For the AFC No. 1 seed Denver Broncos, Sunday's matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers could prove to be tremendous. After all, it's an opportunity to come one step closer to earning a Super Bowl ring.

For wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, however, the moment could be even bigger; his mother, Katina Smith, may be cheering him on in person for the first time ever.

After having her 20-year sentence for drug trafficking commuted by President Barack Obama, Smith, who was arrested when the former Pro Bowler was just 11 in 1999, has been cleared to travel.

According to USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones, Thomas said, "I know she'd be excited. It'd mean a lot for her to see my first game live."

After a down regular season by his lofty standards in 2015, the postseason stage and Thomas' lifelong fan in attendance may be just what's needed to spark No. 88.

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