Steve Smith just keeps giving everybody reasons to love him. Besides being one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, he is also generous Samaritan and a genuinely good person. It was announced Thursday that Smith pledged to donate $100,000 to help support victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting at the premier of Dark Knight.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver was spurned to action, with no real connection to the victims, because of empathy for the parents, spouses, and children affected physically and financially by the recent tragedy.
"As a father and husband I cannot imagine the pain and suffering the victims are going through," Smith said via the Panthers Facebook and Twitter accounts. He went on to say.
"My family's hearts & prayers are extended to theirs, and I hope this contribution might assist in paying some of the medical bills that will help allow these families to move forward in this tragic circumstance."
Since the shooting, it has been reported that nearly $2 million has been donated for the recovery effort. Many members of the Denver Broncos organization have contributed by spending time at the hospital with victims.
The Dark Knight himself, Christian Bale also spent time at the hospital, just a few days ago.
In a media centric world, where donations and contributions, all too often seem to have an ulterior motive, these acts of kindness remind us that compassion does still exist among the social elite, including athletes.
It's also worth noting that Smitty did not want any notoriety for this act, he was just doing what he thought was right, but he definitely deserves some praise.
There is a small minority who doesn't agree with the way Steve Smith carries himself off the field, based on misconceptions from his personality on the football field and around the team. Hopefully this good deed will shed light on what former players have called, the real Steve Smith. A person they claim to be completley different when he isn't around the team.
Similar to the Dark Knight, Steve Smith wears the mask of the monster for the Carolina Panthers, but in reality, has all the heart of Bruce Wayne.
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