Demaryius Thomas: Denver Broncos receiver watched his mother and grandmother jailed for 60 years when he was aged 11

Forward of the Tremendous Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, we take a look at a few of the NFL's greatest rags to riches tales.

Right here the main target is on Denver Broncos extensive receiver Demaryius Thomas and his coronary heart-breaking childhood.


Ultimately shifting in with an aunt and her boyfriend, he revealed: "I had a selection: the drug recreation, or the corn recreation."

Thomas would get up at 6am each morning earlier than faculty to tug cotton, working to remain out of hassle.

After 5 years with out seeing his mother he lastly determined to go to, though the assembly went poorly – the pair argued earlier than ultimately wiping the slate clear.

Thomas continued to rise by means of the school ranks, ultimately turning into a primary spherical draft decide for the Broncos.

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She would watch each recreation, utilizing a sharpie to write down 'Thomas 88' on her gray jail uniform as a means of displaying her help.

By way of common telephone calls, Thomas discovered that ultimately extra and extra prisoners in his mum's cell block have been supporting him – even guards have been cheering for him – so he determined to ship precise Broncos uniforms to the wing.

"It's nonetheless unusual to me: I've acquired followers in jail due to my mother and my granny," he added.

Sixteen years after she was first convicted, Katina was amongst quite a lot of prisoners launched by then-President Barack Obama as a non-violent offender.

It was the identical yr he would signal a 5-yr $70million contract with the Denver Broncos.

Forward of the Tremendous Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, we take a look at a number of the NFL's greatest rags to riches tales.