According to Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla, Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is having to deal with the death of his father as they get ready to play their biggest game of the season against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday evening. Smith was informed that his father passed away overnight.
Marty Williams, his father, was just 55-years-old and was dealing with complications from a recent heart surgery when he passed away. He was also in prison for more than two decades, according to Kiszla.
“It’s rough,” Smith said to Kiszla. “I just found out this morning. It was my mom, who called and told me. The call came in about 6:30 (am).”
The story also indicates that Smith plans to stay with the team and play in the Super Bowl. This is his first Super Bowl appearance during his 12-year career after being a fifth-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
He also played the 2004-08 seasons with the Cardinals.
With the Broncos, he’s been a reserve defensive lineman, where he’s played in just 376 defensive snaps. This season, he has just nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and two pass deflections.
The tackles are a career-low after having none in two games with the Cardinals in 2004.
While this is his first Super Bowl appearance, it’s the second time that the team he’s with made it to the big game. He did not play with the Cardinals when they were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 1st, 2009 in Super Bowl XLIII.
The Steelers won 27-23 in the game.
Also, in 2011, Smith was voted to his first Pro Bowl with the Texans.
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