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#FanExperience: Dear Mama Katina Smith

“There are no words that can express how I feel
You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate, how you raised me
And all the extra love that you gave me
I wish I could take the pain away
If you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day
Everything will be alright if ya hold on”— Dear Mama by Tupac

When I heard that Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas’s mother, Katina Smith, would be able to finally see him play football I cried. REAL TEARS! 


I’ve followed Demaryius (Bay-Bay) since his college football days at Georgia Tech and he has always been a humble guy. Demaryius has waited 17 years for his mother to see him the sport he loves and this was a moment that no football fan or sports reporter could deny. Last year in July, President Barack Obama reduced prison sentences for 46 prisoners. Katina Smith was one of them. Smith along with her mother were arrested  back in 1999 for narcotics trafficking. Demaryius Thomas’s mother has been in prison since he was 11 years old, but on yesterday Katina was at Sports Authority Field at Mile High cheering for her son in a blinged out #88 Broncos jersey. It was awesome to watch her experience her first game live and for her to see her son play.


After the game, Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning gave the game ball to Demaryius for him to give to his mother. Ok Fans, I cried again. For a mother to see her child do what he loves is an awesome moment. Katina’s prison sentence was reduced because our President thought that her punishment did not fit the crime. For the Fans out there that feel the need to judge let this show you that in life there are second chances. We don’t know why she did what she is and what led her to doing it, but she did her time and our President gave her a second chance at life. Demaryius Thomas can say that he was able to give his mother the ultimate Fan Experience and the Broncos won. What a MOMENT!  I hope that the Broncos make it to Super Bowl 50 and WIN so that Demaryius Thomas himself can tell the President face-to-face, “THANK YOU FOR BRINGING MY MAMA HOME”.

The Broncos will face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship this Sunday, January 24th at 3:05pm eastern time.


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