NFL star Demaryius Thomas became one of the best wide receivers in the NFL over the last six years, but he did it with a cruicial piece missing. His mother Katina Smith finally got to see her son play in person for the first time on Sunday.
When Thomas was 11 years old, his mother and grandmother were arrested for running a drug ring in Georgia. Fast forward 16 years, Smith was on-hand sporting a custom No. 88 jersey with “Bay Bay’s Mama” — Thomas’ childhood nickname — written on the back.
She was released from prison last year when President Barack Obamacommuted her sentence along with 45 other mostly black non-violent offenders.
Smith entered a Georgia halfway house in November.
Until Sunday She had only watched her son play in NFL games on TV.
“I know she’ll be excited,” Thomas said before the championship game. “It would mean a lot to see her first game live.”
Smith’s 60-day travel restriction was lifted so she could see her son play in person for the 1st time.