The Squeeze: Demaryius Thomas' mother and getting back to work

Good morning, #BroncosCountry –

We hope you're enjoying your Monday. Here are a couple storylines to get caught up on, starting with a personal essay (you should probably grab a couple tissues):  

1. 'For Mamma'
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has had his fair share of ups and downs in life. At the age of 11, Thomas' mother Katina Smith was incarcerated, leaving him and his sisters as orphans in their rural Georgia town.

On Monday the Player's Tribune published an inspiring essay by Thomas about his struggles and determination — and how his life changed when President Barack Obama this summer commuted his mother's sentence.

Recently, I've been getting asked a lot of questions about my mother. It's a little bit overwhelming. Her story is complicated. But this is what I want you to know about my mamma: She loved me. That's the most important thing in the world.

Read more about Thomas' incredible story here.

2. Down, but not out
The Broncos fell in a heartbreaker to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But Denver is still 7-2 with seven regular-season games left to play.

Running back Ronnie Hillman is ready to 'respond not react'

Linebacker Von Miller knows it's time to work even harder

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware had to watch from the sidelines on Sunday, but he's ready for the team to come back next Sunday

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