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Broncos DE Antonio Smith Received A Call Wednesday That His Father Passed Away

Antonio Smith received some devastating news Wednesday morning, as he and the Broncos prepare for Super Bowl 50.

Defensive end Antonio Smith received heartbreaking news Wednesday morning, as he and the Denver Broncos prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. 

His father, Marty Christopher Williams, passed away in Oklahoma due to complications following a heart surgery. Williams had been incarcerated in prison for two-plus decades. 

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post caught up with Smith outside the team hotel Wednesday morning. 

"It's rough. I just found out this morning. It was my mom who called and told me. The call came in at about 6:30," Smith said.

Smith intends to stay with the team and compete on Sunday in Super Bowl 50. 

As unfortunate as this is for Smith, it marks the third piece of bad news for the Broncos since they arrived in Santa Clara, CA. First, a team bus traffic accident.

Then practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was involved in a prostitution sting in San Jose. And now the loss of Smith's father. 

Head coach Gary Kubiak's mettle as a head coach will be tested this week, long before the team actually takes the field.

How he handles the distractions will determine whether the Broncos will be mentally prepared to compete on Sunday. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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