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Demaryius Thomas' mom got the game ball from Peyton Manning

My interview with DT's mom. After 15 years in prison, first time she got to attend one of his games.

Posted by Victor Lombardi on Sunday, January 17, 2016

As the Denver Broncos assumed the victory formation and Peyton Manning knelt down to advance to the AFC Championship Game, Demaryius Thomas' mother was on the the team's mind. Katrina Smith, who had been incarcerated since Thomas was 11 years old, was in-person for her first game of DT's career.

Manning made sure to make the event even more memorable.

Peyton Manning Demaryius Thomas game ball

USA Today confirmed that Thomas did indeed give his mom that game ball and gave more details to their postgame reunion.

"Mom didn’t put any pressure on me," Thomas said after the game. "There wasn’t any pressure that I haven’t had here. I was just excited she was here for her first game. We came out with a win to make it even better."