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For Denver's Thomas, His Mom — Out Of Prison — His Biggest Cheerleader

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Demaryius Thomas's mother will watch the Super Bowl from the stands at Levi's Stadium, decked out in an officially licensed orange No. 88 jersey.

The last time the Denver Broncos played in the Super Bowl, Katina Smith and her mother wore jerseys that they had crafted from strips of tape as they watched the game on their prison TV.

Smith was released five years early from that minimum-security prison in Florida last summer as part of President Barack Obama's push to reduce the prison population of non-violent drug offenders. She had been serving a 20-year sentence after refusing to testify against her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, who is serving a...

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