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September 04, 2012

Steve Smith to walk barefoot for charity

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith – just back from a foot infection – will take off his cleats Sunday and walk barefoot to the locker room at Raymond James Stadium to raise awareness for charity.

Smith will leave his cleats at midfield after the game against Tampa Bay for Samaritan's Feet, which provides footwear for impoverished children around the world.

Smith is attempting to raise enough money to buy 500,000 pairs of shoes for the organization. Smith and Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams also have taken part in shoe giveaways, where they washed the feet of needy children.

The timing of Smith's gesture is interesting, and presumably coincidental. Smith missed the last two weeks of preseason practice after coming down with a foot infection that caused his left foot to become swollen.

Smith couldn't wear a shoe on the infected foot until last Friday. Now he'll be taking them off.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on September 4, 2012 at 01:43 PM | Permalink


this is odd, he might get nasty infectious puss all over the place. I hope he gets some on that dorky pirate ship thing they have.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 4, 2012 1:59:22 PM

Now how dumb is this????? You had a "foot infection", though no more detail was release on how that happened and now you going to walk barefoot to the locker room in Tampa???? Makes no sense! Now I understand and respect the charity but clearly you can raise money Smitty and wash the feet of the kids without having to walk barefoot after recovering from an infection.....

Posted by: Big Daddy | Sep 4, 2012 2:22:45 PM

he should go all out and try to kick some field goals with his recovering foot.

do it for the kids smitty!

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 4, 2012 2:25:57 PM

Hats off to the kind and caring gentleman. You make us proud, Mr. Smith.

Posted by: Zon | Sep 4, 2012 3:13:54 PM

Praise the Lord. What an awesome organization this is and what a great way to let people know about what is going on in the world. Thanks S.F. and thank you Smitty.

Posted by: Joey Deese | Sep 4, 2012 4:33:54 PM

smitty is macho

Posted by: james | Sep 4, 2012 4:46:28 PM

So many comments about football. The guy is looking at the big picture of raising enough money to buy shoes for half a million kids, and you guys are worrying about the possibility of the guy getting a foot infection. I think this is great for 89 and the Panthers.

Posted by: JC | Sep 4, 2012 5:25:58 PM

Remember when the Bucs were good in 2002?

Posted by: Juan | Sep 4, 2012 5:59:28 PM

Tampa Bay Bucs Revenge, way to keep it classy! Good thing there are no rednecks in Tampa. It is a great cause and an admirable goal to provide shoes for 500,000 kids. Everyone that is concerned that he may get another infection or spread his, he'll probably have a roll and a half of tape on each foot plus socks.

Posted by: Steve | Sep 4, 2012 6:12:17 PM



Posted by: bryant80 | Sep 4, 2012 6:13:20 PM


Posted by: bryant80 | Sep 4, 2012 6:16:50 PM

TBBR, you aren't even man enough to hold Smitty's toilet paper.

Posted by: John | Sep 4, 2012 9:27:17 PM

give me a shoe size and address and I'll mail a pair of shoes!

Posted by: joe cool | Sep 5, 2012 12:34:46 AM

Give me an Address and I will share my shoes with Tampa Bay Bucs revenge. Freaking idiot, revenge would imply that you been getting your @#$ kicked by The Panthers.. Nuff said!

Tampa even have a Newspaper anymore?

Posted by: 10-4!! | Sep 5, 2012 9:42:24 AM

Way to keep it classy, TB revenge. *smh*
Luckily, most here don't have the same ignorant short sided POV as you and see the total good in what Smith is doing

I so look forward to my Panthers coming down, but will not blantantly disrespect the Buccs even if they not worthy to be on the same field as the Mighty Cats!

@joecool- yeah, there's a paper still here- need something to wrap fish in, y'know!

Go Panthers!

Posted by: Tampa Bay Panthers fan | Sep 5, 2012 8:45:53 PM

TB Panthers fan, was not Joe Cool was me(10-4!!). Glad your a Panthers fan. No disrespect to you and Tampa, all directed at the disrespectful guy in the previous.

Not sure what "wrap fish in" reffering to.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Sep 6, 2012 9:52:57 AM

tb Panthers, Now I get it! Your just as disrespectfull as your buddy above, making a reference like that! F... U...!!

Glad your a Panthers fan though!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Sep 6, 2012 10:01:42 AM

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