Steve Smith, a former fullback who performed for the Los Angeles Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, died Saturday after a near-two-decade battle with ALS. He was 57.

Smith died in his hometown of Richardson, Texas, based on the York Daily Record. He had been unable to stroll or discuss however was in a position to talk by way of sounds and different expressions as a result of ALS, which he was recognized with in 2002. 

(*57*)(*57*)Steve Smith of the Los Angeles Raiders rushes against the Phoenix Cardinals at the Coliseum circa 1987 in Los Angeles, California.

Steve Smith of the Los Angeles Raiders rushes in opposition to the Phoenix Cardinals at the Coliseum circa 1987 in Los Angeles, California.
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He selected to live with machines to assist him breathe in hopes there would in the future be a remedy for the sickness.

The Raiders launched a press release on Smith’s passing.

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“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,” the workforce stated. “The prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with Chie, their children Dante and Jazmin, and their grandson Little Steve.”

(*57*)(*57*)Steve Smith rushes against the Vikings on Sept. 9, 1993.

Steve Smith rushes in opposition to the Vikings on Sept. 9, 1993.
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Smith was a nationwide champion operating again at Penn State earlier than he transformed to fullback when he entered the NFL. The Raiders chosen Smith with the No. 81 total choose of the 1987 NFL Draft.

(*57*)(*57*)Running back Steve Smith before the Raiders' 20-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1990 AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Jan. 13, 1991, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Running again Steve Smith earlier than the Raiders’ 20-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals within the 1990 AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Jan. 13, 1991, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
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With the Raiders, he would block for 2 of probably the most legendary operating backs – Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen. He joined the Seahawks in 1994 however in 1995 a again damage ended his profession.

He completed with 1,627 speeding yards and 9 speeding touchdowns throughout his profession. He additionally had 131 catches for 1,250 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns.