Most players bring a huge gathering of their closest family members and friends when their team makes it to the Super Bowl. Denver Bronco's wide receiver Demaryius Thomas won't be able to bring his mother or grandmother to MetLife Stadium in New York to watch him play in the Super Bowl this year.
His mother is currently serving a 20 year sentence and his grandmother is serving a life sentence in prison both for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. They won't be in New York to cheer him on but will be able to watch the game, and will be supporting him from a distance. His mom and grandma are both in a federal prison in Tallahassee, Florida so he doesn't get to see them regularly during the season, but says he recently talked to them.
"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," Thomas said today. "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 and they've got the t-shirts. All of the ladies have the t-shirts and watch me, so that's special."
Thomas was only 11 years old the day the police busted in the door of his family home to arrest both women. He says they still inspire him despite all the time they have missed with each other.
"They drive me more to know that they're there and they're watching me," Thomas said. "I try to go out there and play my best because they're going to talk about it to the people in the jailhouse."