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#1 Captroop


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:57 AM


So I was on the phone with a recruiter today (losing my job again...big surprise), and she mentioned she was in the Charlotte area. So as it happens every time I talk to someone from the Carolinas, I ask if she is a Panthers fan. She says kinda, but she wishes they would play better. She's not exactly a die hard.


Then she mentions her son goes to school with Steve Smith's kids. They go to the same private Christian school. Then she mentions what an amazing guy Steve Smith is; that he has donated an incredible amount of money to the school. Lots of the Private Christian Schools in the area have gone out of business since the recession, but this one has been able to stay open, largely because of Steve's contributions. She said that so far Steve has donated:

  • A state-of-the-art playground
  • 6 modular classrooms to hold all the new students coming from the now closed schools
  • And he individually financed a new, state-of-the-art science lab for the school

Now I know often is the time we have these discussions about athletes being unfairly labeled as thugs. But damn! And maybe because I'm not in the market, but I've never heard of this at all.


Now I know Steve has had what some people called a checkered past. He's gotten in some fights, and with teammates, but I think he's just a fiery, pugnacious athlete with little-man complex, and I told her as much. And off the field I think he's a completely different person than ESPN likes to paint him. She agreed, and said he truly is one of the nicest people she has ever met.


The next person I hear call him a thug when I'm around gets an earful.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

I learned how to spell Philanthropist today.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

But seriously, what's there to say that hasn't been said about Smith. He just fuging rocks.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:07 PM

What's more impressive is that he'd prefer no one know about it.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:09 PM

and he washes complete strangers feet and gives them shoes. But seriously there are probably is a lot more contributions steve smith has made that have gone unrecognized

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:22 PM

I've never doubted for one second that Smitty wasn't a first class guy.  His "on field" issues have been born out of his fiery and competitive nature.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:01 PM

Thats the way to be! I dont mind someone who plays like a "thug" or plays with a chip on their shoulder on the field. As long as they know how to act off the field. Smitty definitely has his moments on the field where he gets rambunctious, but he is no doubt a professional and great guy.  

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:05 PM

89 is in the building...

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:18 PM

I look at it the same as proffesional wrestling, i am sure most of the guys are different when the are on stage verses there off time same as steve.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 04:01 AM

This is not "a litle man complex" but more some young dumb DBs disrecpting him again and again.

You want to brag and trash talk with Smitty, ok but show your skills on a regular basis first and the day you will become a good DBs you will be allowed to open your mouth and Smitty will certainly be happy to have you on board.

Until then just keep quiet, work and learn.


And yes Smitty rocks!


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