Originally posted on Nittany Lines  |  Last updated 10/6/11
Tomorrow's Morning Call will feature a story on Steve Smith, the former Penn State captain who has lived with ALS for the past nine years. The 1986 national-championship team will hold a reunion in State College this weekend, featuring about 80 players, including three captains. Smith will be represented by his parents and children Dante and Jazmin. Though Smith cannot move or speak, he communicates via a computer that converts his eye movements to words and voice. In an email interview, Smith responded with these memories of 1986. "I will always be eternally proud and grateful for what we accomplished during the 1985 and 1986 seasons at Penn State. They were the happiest and hardest years of my life. We worked hard under the tutelage of great coaches, and we had some great victories along the way. The great thing that happened about working hard together is we became a family that loved and appreciated each other for ourselves. "We were all different, but we loved each other for ...
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