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Demaryius Thomas travels difficult path to NFL

Demaryius Thomas and his mother Katina Smith share a dream that the Broncos wide receiver will still be playing football in 2017, when she is out of prison and can watch him in person.

Thomas’ mother and grandmother have been incarcerated for half of his life for trafficking cocaine, and they won’t be out of prison soon.  (Smith’s 20-year sentence came in part because she wouldn’t testify against her mother.)   Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post recounts a recent visit by Thomas to visit his mother in a remarkable, moving story that also details Thomas’ upbringing.

With his father in the army, Thomas was taken in by his uncle and aunt at the age of nine.  He used his mother and grandmother’s experiences to motivate him.

“I never want to go to jail,” Thomas said. “Never, ever.”

Thomas didn’t hide when NFL teams asked him about his past.  Rather he flipped it into a positive for his ability to persevere.

“He didn’t let those things and those
conditions affect the type of person he became,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.  “He made the right
decisions and ended up in the right place and created a bright future
for himself.

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12 Responses to “Demaryius Thomas travels difficult path to NFL”
  1. Levito says: Jul 26, 2010 1:39 PM

    you should probably check spelling before you copy from another article. It’s spelled Demaryius Thomas.

  2. DoomsDayD75 says: Jul 26, 2010 1:45 PM

    So the sentence for rape is 3-5 years in prison, Mike Vick got 2 years for running a dog fighting ring and this woman got 3 life sentences for selling cocaine?
    These drug laws in this country are ridiculous. Yes of course “drugs are bad m’kay” but the woman was selling a product that people wanted. If people didn’t want it, she wouldn’t be selling it.
    Locking her up for her entire life is not just wrong, it’s evil.

  3. wkedklwnz says: Jul 26, 2010 1:46 PM

    BUT!! Was she a hooker?

  4. King of Queens says: Jul 26, 2010 1:51 PM

    Pretty sure it’s Demaryius (no “O”).
    Or are you just getting revenge for that “3G” thing?

  5. RaiderChile says: Jul 26, 2010 2:12 PM

    Never say NEVER. Things play out quite differently on the pro level with pro dollars. Good for him to have that attitude and hope it sticks throughout his career.
    I for one had a jail experience at 18 being in a military jail watching the Hawaiian sunrise through metal bars and concrete walls. It really wasn’t a big deal. I was by myself in a drunk tank for petty stuff the MPs wouldn’t let go.
    But it was enough to keep me out of trouble later on. While friends bought drugs, guns, died and or went to jail, I played the guitar, joined a rock band and watched football every Sunday.
    Not a good thing when your freedom is compromised!

  6. credds1 says: Jul 26, 2010 2:20 PM

    wkedklwnz
    You racist fool. What does being a hooker have to do with 3 life sentences for cocaine. Though I did not hear that she was a hooker. It’s good to hear that Demoryius turned out to be a fine human being and still in his mother’s corner.
    Wkedklwnz: You may not be a hooker but you are definitely an idiot !!!

  7. TheOne1 says: Jul 26, 2010 2:24 PM

    Sometimes you really hope a person succeeds. This is one of those times.

  8. Real Football Fan says: Jul 26, 2010 2:31 PM

    You have to love the NFL hypocrites. Didn’t they make such a big deal about Dez Bryant’s “background” leading up to the draft, but I never heard a word about this apparently open secret in NFL circles.
    I’m sure all AFC West fans will be happy the next 10 or so years that the Broncos had such huge concerns about Bryant but never raised the same questions that applied to another player, who plays the same position in fact. Lol, hypocrites, they have no shame.

  9. tonyro says: Jul 26, 2010 2:42 PM

    RFF, why is anybody a hypocrite here? Dez Bryant has acted like an idiot many times while to my knowledge Bey Bey Thomas never has. Why do you assume he has problems just because his mother and grandmother did?

  10. robert ethen says: Jul 26, 2010 3:05 PM

    BayBay is the First Chosen One. Three spots BT (Before Tebow). His Mother got 20 years for refusing to testify against her own mother who was selling cocaine. Bryant’s mother got NOTHING for actually selling the cocaine (as a second time offender). Thanks to the manipulations of David Wells and Senator Royce West, the kingpins of the Dallas area cocaine trade.
    DeMaryius saw the devils and turned away. Dez followed them and lives with them as a favored son.

  11. Broncofanman says: Jul 26, 2010 3:14 PM

    Real Football Fan, I think your forgetting the fact that Dez lied about his past and when caught it blew up. Mr. Thomas has been vocal about it, spinning it into being a model citizen; Dez on the other hand has been notorious for pulling crap throughout college. There is a difference my friend..

  12. sandy70 says: Jul 26, 2010 5:12 PM

    Broncofanman says:
    July 26, 2010 3:14 PM
    Real Football Fan, I think your forgetting the fact that Dez lied about his past and when caught it blew up. Mr. Thomas has been vocal about it, spinning it into being a model citizen; Dez on the other hand has been notorious for pulling crap throughout college. There is a difference my friend..
    ———————————————
    But haven’t you heard…? Dez redeemed himself when he refused to carry a vet’s shoulder pads.

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