Peyton Manning gives Demaryius Thomas game ball for his mom
Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos reaches for the ball but comes up short against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Doug Pensinger/Staff/Getty Images

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had someone in the stands watching him that helped motivate him during Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round game against the Pittsburgh Steelers: his mother.

Katina Smith, who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for cocaine trafficking, was recently released in November after serving 15 years. On Sunday, she was finally able to see her son play football for the first time at Sports Authority Field.

A great moment happened after the final seconds ticked off at the end of the game, when Peyton Manning handed Thomas the game ball and told him to give it to his mother.

Thomas caught up with his mother after the game, where the celebrating continued with his teammates and their families.

Thomas was relatively quiet and had four receptions for 40 yards in the 23-16 win, but some things are more important than football.

Can you name every player to catch a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning?
SCORE:
0/47
TIME:
10:00
112
Marvin Harrison
67
Reggie Wayne
44
Dallas Clark
36
Demaryius Thomas
34
Marcus Pollard
24
Julius Thomas
24
Eric Decker
20
Brandon Stokley
15
Austin Collie
13
Emmanuel Sanders
12
Wes Welker
11
Edgerrin James
10
Pierre Garcon
9
Joseph Addai
9
Jacob Tamme
7
Anthony Gonzalez
7
Terrence Wilkins
7
Ken Dilger
6
Jerome Pathon
6
Joel Dreessen
5
Owen Daniels
5
Bryan Fletcher
5
Blair White
4
Dominic Rhodes
4
Marshall Faulk
4
Troy Walters
3
Qadry Ismail
3
James Mungro
3
Knowshon Moreno
2
C.J. Anderson
2
E.G. Green
2
Ricky Williams
2
Ben Utecht
1
Virgil Green
1
Jim Finn
1
Mitch Unrein
1
Gijon Robinson
1
Aaron Moorehead
1
Luke Lawton
1
Lance Ball
1
Dan Klecko
1
Ronnie Hillman
1
Trevor Insley
1
Mike Roberg
1
Tom Santi
1
Lamont Warren
1
Kenton Keith

This article first appeared on The Sports Daily and was syndicated with permission.

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