Demaryius Thomas said the female inmates will cheer him on during the Super Bowl. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas opened up about what it will be like to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks while his mother and grandmother watch the game from prison, according to a report from Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com
Both relatives are currently in a federal prison in Tallahassee, Fla. His mother is serving a 20-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and his grandmother is serving a life sentence for her role in the crime.
Thomas said on Monday his mother told him that all of the "ladies have t-shirts" in prison and are waiting to cheer him on during the Super Bowl on Sunday, according to Smith's report:
"My momma, she just told me, ‘I told you you would make it.’ We haven’t really talked about it much, but I talked to my grandma, and she said the same thing. She got emotional and all, but they just said, ‘You were going to make it.’ They get to watch every game that comes on TV there...
They drive me more to know that they’re there and they’re watching me. I try to go out there and play my best because they’re going to talk about it to the people in the jailhouse."
Thomas caught 92 balls for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns during the regular season. Last week, he called Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman a "great player" but said he hopes to show the self-described best corner "what kind of player I am."