"Watching him mature as a football player and as a person has been tremendous," teammate Eric Decker said. "The guy has so much talent."
Brown says he just wanted Thomas to grow up to be a good man, never thinking he would become a star.
"The blessing has been just seeing the product of how we took this young man who was lost — well, trying to find his way — and we were able to nurture him and give him what he needed," said Brown, who will be in the stands Sunday. "When Demaryius was staying with us, I never dreamed that he would be in the Super Bowl. I just wanted to make sure the anger in him didn't send him down the wrong path like his mama and grand-mama had gone down."