Peyton Manning gives game ball to Demaryius Thomas, for his mother

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Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas after beating the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round, Jan. 17, 2016. (Photos: Getty Images)

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DENVER — Demaryius Thomas’ mother got to see her son play professional football Sunday for the first time as the Broncos advanced to the AFC Championship Game with a 23-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Katina Smith, Thomas’ mother, was released from prison in November after serving 15 years for drug trafficking.

At the end of the game, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gave the game ball to Thomas.

Manning told him to “give that to your mother,” according to CBS’ Jim Nantz, SB Nation reported.


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