To begin her weekend, she joined her son at Levi's Stadium following the team's final walkthrough on Saturday and she had a chance to share a moment with
Pro Football Writers Association pool reporter Emily Kaplan caught some of the conversation.
"He loves playing with you," Smith reportedly told Manning.
Smith, who had been in prison for 15 years for a drug trafficking offense, had her sentence commuted in July but could not travel out of the state of Georgia until January. Thomas was 11 when Smith was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Scores of family members were welcomed at Levi's Stadium following the Broncos' walkthrough, allowing players and staff to have a lasting moment before Sunday's big game.