Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith learned Wednesday that his father has died.
Smith told the Denver Post he intends to stay with the team and will play in the Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Marty Christopher Williams, 55, died after complications from recent heart surgery. He had been in prison for more than 20 years.
Smith told the newspaper he received a call about his father's death Wednesday morning.
Smith, 34, joined the Broncos this season after he was released by the Raiders.