FORMER Raiders athlete, Steve Smith has died at 57. Smith battled with Lou Gehrig’s Disease for twenty years.
The Raiders released a statement on Smith’s passing, calling him and his wife, Chie, an “inspiration.”
“The prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with Chie, their children Dante and Jazmin, and their grandson Little Steve.”
Smith was drafted to the Raiders in 1987, blocking for star running backs Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen. He spent two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks until a back injury ended his career.
Despite being a blocker, he had 1,628 rushing yards and 13 receiving touchdowns in his career.
In college, Smith played for Penn State and was the captain of the 1986 national championship team.
Smith was diagnosed with ALS two decades ago, the disease left him unable to walk or talk in his later years.
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