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Antonio Smith's Father Dies Due to Complications from Heart Surgery

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2015, file photo, Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith celebrates a sack during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Denver. Smith is a rarity in the NFL: He does not get injured. The Super Bowl will mark his 179th appearance in 180 games since the middle of the 2005 season, a decade of astonishingly good health in a relentlessly violent sport. Rather than crediting particularly proficient care from the four teams he's been with, Smith says he managed to suit up week after week after week thanks in large part to the extra care he arranges on his own. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2016

The father of Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith died following complications from heart surgery, per Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.  

"It's rough," Smith said. "I just found out this morning. It was my mom who called and told me. The call came in at about (6:30 a.m. PT)."

Marty Christopher Williams had been serving time in an Oklahoma prison prior to his death.

Smith has appeared in every game for the Broncos in 2015 while backing up Malik Jackson on the defensive line. The 34-year-old recorded nine combined tackles and 2.5 sacks during the regular season, adding another sack and three combined tackles during the playoffs.

According to Kiszla, Smith still intends on playing in Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

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