We continue to check in on Steve Smith — and write about him — because he keeps living.
And, because even more than that, his desire to keep going only increases.
Like how the man who cannot walk, cannot truly move most any of his body without help, got to his feet the other day.
Smith is 48 but has been living the past decade with a death sentence of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Once, he was one of the toughest playing arguably the toughest position at Penn State and then in the NFL.
Now, the former fullback, can really only move his facial muscles and the eyes that control the computer that allows him to communicate.
But he continues to push on and stay positive because he believes in a cure.
And, just two weeks ago, he stood on his feet for the first time in six years with the help of two others.
Check out my update column on Smith, his wife Chie and their family, in the next couple of days here.
In the meantime, here’s our story and video on Penn State’s newest star, Adam Breneman, and his own project to help defeat ALS.