Sadly, at the age of 57, former Penn State fullback Steve Smith passed away after a lengthy battle with ALS. Smith served as a captain for the Nittany Lions last national championship team in 1986.
He was drafted in the third round (No. 81 overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders, and paved the way for many great Raiders backs like Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson. He also accounted for over 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns throughout his nine year career with the Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks.
In an interview with the York Daily Times in 2019, Jackson said, "He laid his body on the line for me hundreds of times, I'm just glad God let him stay around as long as he has so I can go see him. I want to do my part to make sure he's not forgotten."
The word toughness doesn't even begin to describe Steve Smith or his family. With the diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease nearly 20 years ago, Smith never relented. His wife, Chie, fought with him up until the end.
Smith leaves behind his wife and his two children, Dante and Jazmin. Smith also leaves behind a grandson, Steve, who was more affectionately known as "little Steve."
For Penn State fans, he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace to one of the toughest players to ever wear the blue and white.