I heard a story a few years ago about Steve Smith that shocked me, and I truly never thought could be true. Steve Smith finishes a game with a broken neck!! What?? No way I thought. Well I am, with my young son and wife, lucky enough to hang out with the team on Weds during there privet practices. After pratice, I talked with Jordan and asked about that story as Steve was giving interviews. Jordan played with Smith in college, and if that story were true, Jordan would know about it. Jordan looked shocked, and said he had never heard that, but if anyone could do it, it would be Steve. So I waited around till Steve was done talking with reporters, and I asked if that story was true? He looked at me as if that was something any reciver would do and said, "yea"! I could not believe the story behind the story, so I thought I would share it with you guys here, How we almost never had the chance to cheer for #89, and how Steve Smith the man, was almost never able to walk again.
It was late in November of 99 vs Brigham Young. Steve Smith was a returner for Utah. Steve took a punt, and ran up the sideline in the 2nd half of the game. Steve took a monster hit, and as we have seen so many times when Steve gets those bigs hits on him, He hopped right up. He played the rest of the game, and felt good the day after (Sunday), he was just sore as he says. He did not go to his training session with his trainers that next day, However on Monday, Steve's neck was sore. The coaches told him to go get an exam just to be cautious. Steve said he thought he just had a sore neck. But what he thought was just a sore neck, turned out to be a broken vertebrae. Steve Smith, the man he is, had finished the game and walked around for two days with a broken neck!! And if that were not amazing enough, he even received a personal foul on the very play that could have paralyzed him for life for fighting with the guy after the play that hit him the way he did!!
Steve Smith, A man's Man, and a man we almost never got the chance to know as one of the greatest receivers in the NFL, EVER!! Keep Strong Steve, And Keep Pounding Panthers!!