Steve Smith is a beast on the football field. He is a true testament to the phrase “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.” Standing 5’9, he doesn’t intimidate many defensive backs in the NFL by his physical stature, but man, does he know how to dominate them when the ball is snapped.
He has been a leader for the Carolina Panthers since being drafted prior to the 2001 season. He is the franchise leader in receptions (709), yards (10,488), and touchdowns (59), with 38 games with over 100-yards receiving. He is known for his speed and playmaking as much as he is known for his mouth on the field. He is brash and carries a swagger on the field that few can backup like he can.
So it came as quite the surprise to many NFL fans when Steve Smith started investing time into what he plans to do post-career – serving the homeless. Before every away game, Steve joins Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit working to help 300 million people around the world without shoes, to offer foot rubs and a brand new pair of shoes for homeless people in need.
Steve has pledged to hand out 500,000 pairs of shoes. He is making plans to do this in every season the Panthers play in this year. In order to help raise awareness for his goal, Steve removes his cleats and socks at the end of every NFL game to walk off the field with bare feet. Just like the men and women that are fighting real battles.