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July 26, 2012

Steve Smith gives $100,000 to Colorado shooting victims

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is giving $100,000 to survivors of the movie-theater shooting in Colorado to help pay for their medical expenses.

Smith had no connection to the victims in the July 20 shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 injured – other than as a parent and husband.

“As a father and husband I cannot imagine the pain and suffering the victims are going through,” Smith said in a release Thursday. “My family’s hearts and prayers are extended to theirs, and I hope this contribution might assist in paying some of the medical bills that will help allow these families to move forward in this tragic circumstance.”

Smith's donation will go to the city of Aurora, which will distribute it to families in need.

Several Broncos' players visited survivors at Denver-area hospitals, where they signed autographs and took pictures with the victims.

Derrick Fox, Smith's agent, said Smith was moved to help after reading about families worried about the cost of their hospital bills.

“Hopefully this helps a little bit,” Smith said. “From one NFL city to another, God bless.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM | Permalink


What a stand up guy. You don't hear him spoting off about making the Super Bowl or selling his signature. GO Smitts!!

Posted by: urwelcome | Jul 26, 2012 6:34:54 PM

Class act Smitty! Class act!

Posted by: Chris Hepler | Jul 26, 2012 6:36:12 PM

Personally, I've never been a Panthers fan, or a Steve Smith fan, but that will absolutely change. A true sportsman recalls where they came from, and where their paychecks come from; this very generous deed shows me Steve Smith is a class act, that I wouldn't mind my kids looking up to. Way to go, man!

Posted by: Hoagie581 | Jul 26, 2012 6:45:01 PM

urwelcome - Steve Smith charges for autographs at shows, just like Cam, in fact, they did a show in NJ several weeks ago.
Steve has been charging for autographs at shows for 9+ years. And a majority of the money goes in his pocket and his agents.

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Jul 26, 2012 7:04:42 PM

As Panther or NFL football fans in general we have been lucky to watch Steve Smith. You may pull against the Panthers , you may have been upset to see Steve make that tough grab in traffic for a first down and get up stomping , chest pounding and full of emotion. Or maybe like me you love his never ending drive and passion. Steve has been a victim of his emotions in well publicized incidents. Incidents that never should have happened and Steve has been held accountable. And I'm sure he would have it no other way. We know Steve as an emotional football player , but Steve's family and close friends know him for who he really is , a man who values family , love and trust before all else and a man who cares. Perfect? Not possible , but never plastic. And when his career in the public eye is complete he will step away from the game but never from being Steve.

Posted by: Kurt | Jul 26, 2012 7:11:58 PM

Steve Smith has also been bustng his butt for this team for the past 9+ years. Steve Smith has earned his pay. Don't hate. Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is losing, because they might make a comeback and they could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team a 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jul 26, 2012 7:12:04 PM

Proud to have you as a Panther, Smitty.

Just another example of the guy getting more mature than when he first started here.

As for the autographs, I have personally seen Steve Smith stay late at training camp and sign autographs for kids. If adults want to go to the shows and get them, I have no problem with Steve or Cam or anyone charging money (at those shows). The VAST majority of those folks are there for collectables and investments, not for a Christmas gift for junior.

Posted by: bigjohn | Jul 26, 2012 7:14:54 PM

So proud of you 89! Thanks for all you do.

Posted by: Scatoger | Jul 26, 2012 7:44:52 PM

5 more healthy years with cam and dude is top 5 alltime.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 26, 2012 7:48:39 PM

Way to step up big time, big guy. My hat's off to you for helping these people. Maybe you can inspire other pros to do the same for this cause.

Posted by: dennis easterling | Jul 26, 2012 7:49:11 PM

Great job Steve! Life is more important than a game. You just prove that you're a man and not a boy! Again, Great job!

Posted by: Trapp | Jul 26, 2012 7:49:44 PM


Posted by: Trapp | Jul 26, 2012 7:51:28 PM

(Sigh)....Steve Smith. What a guy. My favorite receiver. The best receiver. A real man.

This isn't the first time he has contributed a large sum of money for a charity reason. In 2009, Smitty gave the Harding University High (my school at the time) band about 1/3 of the amount of money they needed to raise in order to go and march at the presidential inauguration.

Good for you Smitty. Keep it up.

Posted by: Godwin Ozoeneh | Jul 26, 2012 8:01:50 PM

Smith has always been true grit on the field. That's pretty good darn good though. Fortune 500 companies don't even donate that much. Nice to see.

Posted by: Bob K | Jul 26, 2012 8:22:04 PM

We love you Steve Smith! God bless you and yours! #thebest GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Jul 26, 2012 8:22:20 PM

Class act......

Posted by: TJW | Jul 26, 2012 8:39:05 PM

Thank you Steve Smith. This should be a challenge to all athletes. You don't have to give $100,000 but any amount would help the victims not worry about the medical bills they may incur.

Posted by: Sportsgirl | Jul 26, 2012 9:01:24 PM

Love me some Steve smith... Classy brotha

Posted by: I'll take it | Jul 26, 2012 9:02:16 PM

You and cam go represent your town for us this year!!! So pumped for the season go panthers!!!!!!!

Posted by: I'll take it | Jul 26, 2012 9:03:57 PM

Half the victims didn't have medical insurance and there are those that want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney had a similar act in Massachusetts ('Romneycare') and 97% or residents have insurance (Yet he wants to repeal 'Obamacare') Not to mention as of 2009, 40% of employers didn't even offer a health plan. We can't count on employers anymore. It's time fore a change. We shouldn't have to rely on generous sports stars to pay the medical bills! Vote Dalton for Governor and Obama for President.

Posted by: Joe Marshall | Jul 26, 2012 9:05:25 PM

It's time for the rest of the NFL to step up. Way to go, Smitty.

Posted by: Tim | Jul 26, 2012 9:16:54 PM

Not a "kitty cat" fan but CLASS ACT!

Posted by: Drew | Jul 26, 2012 9:31:27 PM

Joe Marshall,

Name anywhere in the world where universal healthcare works. I'll wait.

Posted by: Justin | Jul 26, 2012 9:36:50 PM

Joe Marshall,

Name anywhere in the world where universal healthcare works. I'll wait.

Posted by: Justin | Jul 26, 2012 9:36:51 PM


All of Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia. Works pretty well for all of them. Just giving you the facts, you can look it up if you want to.

Posted by: Ryan | Jul 26, 2012 9:54:28 PM

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