Smith died in his hometown of Richardson, Texas, Volgens die York Daily Record. He had been unable to walk or talk but was able to communicate through sounds and other expressions due to ALS, which he was diagnosed with in 2002.
He chose to live with machines to help him breathe in hopes there would one day be a cure for the illness.
The Raiders released a statement on Smith’s passing.
“The Raiders Family is deeply saddened by the passing of Steve Smith, who valiantly battled Lou Gehrig’s Disease for two decades. Steve and his wife Chie are an inspiration, smiling every day while always working for a cure for ALS,” het die span gesê. “The prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with Chie, their children Dante and Jazmin, and their grandson Little Steve.”
Smith was a national champion running back at Penn State before he converted to fullback when he entered the NFL. The Raiders selected Smith with the No. 81 overall pick of the 1987 NFL-konsep.
With the Raiders, he would block for two of the most legendary running backs – Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen. He joined the Seahawks in 1994 Maar in 1995 a back injury ended his career.
Hy eindig met 1,627 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns during his career. He also had 131 vangste vir 1,250 erwe en 13 receiving touchdowns.