“I want to do my part to ensure that he is not forgotten,” said former Raiders legend and Steve Smith’s friend Bo Jackson
Former Las Vegas Raiders defender Steve Smith tragically died aged 57, NFL team leaders confirmed on Saturday, November 20, 2021. In a publicly released statement, the team said, “The prayers of the entire raider nation are with Chie, her children Dante and Jazmin, and her grandson Little Steve.” Smith leaves behind his wife, Chie Aguilar-Hiroto, a former cypress raiderette cheerleader, California – The couple fell in love, married in December 1989, and stayed with their family until the end.
“He risked his body hundreds of times for me. I’m just glad that God is letting him stay here so long that I can visit him. I want to do my part to ensure that he is not forgotten. ”Raiders legend Bo Jackson wrote and mourned his former teammate. Smith was known for his field tactics in blocking running backs Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen. The three became close friends and stayed in touch over the years.
How did Steve Smith die?
Steven Anthony Smith was born in August 1964, was from Washington, DC and attended Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, he was the captain of the national championship team for the Penn State Nittany Lions. In 1987 he was drafted as a full-back to the Las Vegas Raiders. He played in the NFL for nine years with the Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks. In his later life, Smith became a resident of Richardson, Texas and remained there with his family until his death.
In July 2002, tragedy befell the family after Steve Smith was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. His condition worsened over time and at some point he had to be put on a ventilator. In his final days, Smith could not speak and had to be fed through a feeding tube. He communicated with people using a computerized system controlled by eye gestures. The system was donated by the Steve Gleason Foundation.
Although Steve Smith and his wife Chie desperately tried to find a cure for ALS, they were unsuccessful. In 2010, HBO showed Steve Smith on an episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” to share his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“GREAT RAIDER BETTER MAN RIP STEVE PRAYERS UP TO THE SMITH FAMILY HEARTBREAKING,” tweeted a sad fan.
Another said: “My condolences to the family, friends and fans of former raider Steve Smith, who passed away today at the age of 57 after a two-decade battle with ALS. You are at peace now, mate, Godspeed.”
“RIP legendary PSU & Oakland Raiders defender Steve Smith. Sued to ALS after nearly 20 years with it. A member of the 86 National Champ Nittany Lions. 9-year NFL career, blocked for Bo Jackson & Marcus Allen. Had 13 TDs received in the NFL . A childhood hero of mine. RIP, “said a third fan.
We offer our deep condolences to the Steve Smith family at a difficult time such as this, and we pay tribute to the legendary hero.