Grab the tissues! NFL star Demaryius Thomas had a big game on Jan. 17, but it was even more important because his mom was watching — for the first time ever. Get the touching details here!
If you thought professional football couldn’t give you all the feels, think again. As the Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, 28, and his team defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL playoffs on Jan. 17, his mom, Katina Smith, was there to enjoy a huge win with her son. But her attendance was extra special, because it was the first time she has ever been able to see her son play in person. Can you say emotional?
Although Demaryius has been playing in the NFL for six seasons, his mom hasn’t been able to cheer him on from the stands. Katina had been in prison for 15 years until her November 2015 release, then spending time in a halfway house where she faced 60 days of travel restrictions. Finally, as Demaryius took the field for his 92nd career game, Katina was able to watch her son in person — and proudly sporting his jersey.
As if this game wasn’t special enough for Demaryius and Katina, the whole team knew what a remarkable day it was for their teammate. After they pulled out the victory to advance to the AFC Championship, quarterback Peyton Manning gave Demaryius the game ball and told him to give it to Katina to remember the monumental game. Okay, we can’t handle how sweet this is!
“It’s very special,” Demaryius told ESPN. “She came out, got to see us win a game, her first time here, her first time seeing me play. It felt great, a really special feeling.”
Did you watch Demaryius and the Broncos win just like Katina, HollywoodLifers? Do you think it was a good game for her first one to see? Let us know below!