FORMER Raiders athlete Steve Smith has passed away at the age of 57. Smith battled Lou Gehrig’s Disease for twenty years.
The Raiders released a statement about Smith’s passing, calling him and his wife, Chie, “inspirational”.
“The prayers of the whole Raider Nation was with Chie, their children Dante and Jazmin, and their grandson, Little Steve. “
Smith was joined the Raiders in 1987, stopping the stars from running behind Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen. The two of them regularly visited and kept in touch with Smith over the years.
He spent two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks until a back injury ended his career.
Despite being a saver, he has 1,628 yards of dash and 13 touches on the ball in job.
In college, Smith played for Penn State and was captain of the 1986 national championship team.
Smith was diagnosed with ALS two decades ago, a disease that left him unable to walk or talk for the last years of his life. To communicate, Smith uses an eye-controlled computer screen to “speak” words.
Smith and his wife, a former Raiders cheerleader, fought to find a cure for ALS.
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