January 13, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Demaryius Thomas is trying to get his mother to Denver so she can see him play football for the first time.

Katina Smith was released from federal prison last summer when President Barack Obama commuted her sentence on drug trafficking charges. It was part of the president's push to reduce the prison population of non-violent offenders.

Smith went to a halfway house in Georgia and was restricted from traveling until now.

Thomas said he hopes she can see him play when the Broncos (12-4) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) on Sunday.

He said the reunion ''would mean a lot. This would be her first game. I'll be excited. She'll be excited.''

Smith and her mother were arrested when Thomas was 11 years old.

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