Not because a trip to the AFC Championship Game is on the line - after all, he's played in the Super Bowl. No, this game will be the first time Thomas' mom, Katrina Stuckey Smith, will see him play professionally in person.
According to NFL.com, Smith was sentenced to 20 years in prison back in 2000 on a drug-trafficking charge. In July, Smith was among 46 prisoners whose sentences were commuted by President Barack Obama. She was released from prison to a halfway house in November.
Smith wasn't allowed to travel for 60 days. But now she can, so she made the trip to Denver to watch her son play professional football in person for the first time. People took to twitter to talk about it.