Summer 2022

SS PODCAST: Former Florida State RB Sammie Smith on his faith, jail, second chances, ministry

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING SAMMIE SMITH

Sammie Smith is a former standout running back with the Florida State Seminoles. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft (ninth overall) and went on to play four NFL seasons with Miami and the Denver Broncos.

Legal problems contributed to Smith’s short NFL career, and in 1996 he was convicted on two counts of possession and distribution of cocaine. He would spend seven years in prison, but it was during this time that Smith found his true calling and purpose.

Today, Smith serves with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the director of character development for the Ole Miss football program. He also shares his powerful story by speaking across the country to audiences small and large at churches and other gatherings.

Today on the podcast, Smith shares his story of faith and redemption, and how God helped him find his true purpose during a difficult season of life in prison. Smith also shares about the lessons learned from playing under legendary coaches Bobby Bowden and Don Shula, about his current role with Ole Miss, and his desire to see young people learn from the mistakes he made and find their true value in Jesus.

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