Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas won’t be able to bring his family with him to the Super Bowl. Thomas’s mother is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence and his grandmother is serving a life sentence, both for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

But while they can’t be there to cheer him on, Thomas says his mother and grandmother will be able to watch the Super Bowl, and will support him from afar. Thomas’s mom and grandma are both in the federal prison in Tallahassee, Florida, so he doesn’t get to see them often during the football season, but he said he talked to them recently.

“My momma, she just told me, ‘I told you you would make it.’ We haven’t really talked about it much but I talked to my grandma and she said the same thing,” Thomas said today.