Bobby Thomas and Smith had Demaryius when she was 15, but he was in the army and often absent. Demaryius Thomas was 11 when Smith was sentenced to 20 years in jail for refusing to testify against her mother. Thomas was taken in by relatives and found comfort in athletics.
Thomas lobbied for his mother's release for 17 years and wrote to Obama. The president shortened Smith's sentence so she could attend Super Bowl 50 with her kid and his father
Thomas was happy and proud to have both of them there, and Smith has a painting of the scene after the triumph. Bobby Thomas has the same phone photo.
Smith and Hughes told the Times that talking about Thomas and learning what he meant to others had helped them. Thomas' teammates and friends were similarly grieved by his abrupt and unexpected passing and revealed how much he was regarded and loved as a player