via press release:
Steve Smith featured on tonight’s E:60
ESPN’s news magazine celebrates fifth anniversary
ESPN’s award-winning news magazine, E:60, continues its Fall 2012 series tonight at 7pm ET on ESPN with an episode that features Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Steve Smith:
In his 12th NFL season, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith still brings a smoldering intensity to the game. The 5-9, 185 pound, Los Angeles native may be small by NFL standards but he has made a big mark on the league. Among active NFL players he ranks 11th in receiving TDs and receptions, and 7th in receiving yards. But Smith’s intensity has not come without a price. The big plays have been accompanied by a big attitude. In a 2002 fight Smith broke a teammate's nose and hospitalized him. In 2008, another fight with a different teammate earned him a two-game suspension. Smith has walked a fine line between helping his team and disrupting it. But this season, Smith says he is a changed man, with his anger under control, and his intensity channeled into what matters – the game, his family and charity work with the least fortunate among us. E:60’s Chris Connelly reports on Steve Smith’s search for peace.
Additional pieces in tonight’s show feature the shocking reality of health coverage for high school athletes, including the story of Diondre Preston, who once played high school football in DeSoto, Texas, but is now a quadriplegic, with a mother in a continuous battle with insurance companies to get the funding to take care of him (Reported by Jeremy Schaap); and the story of high school cross-country runner, Sami Stoner, who is legally blind but with the help of her best four-legged friend runs cross-country for her high school in Livingston, Ohio (Reported by Tom Rinaldi).