Steve Smith Sr. is the eighth-leading receiver in NFL history and easily one of the toughest guys to ever grace a football field. However, without a job that he had at Taco Bell in his youth, the two-time All-Pro may have never gotten a chance to star for the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens.
Steve Smith Sr. got into a fight with a junior college teammate and recently revealed that his job at Taco Bell likely prevented him from being shot by the unidentified teammate shortly after the incident.
The wide receiver-turned-media guy shared the story on the most recent episode of 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt:
“What’s crazy, is that job, later in life, ended up pretty much saving my life, to be honest,” Smith recently explained on 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt. “What I mean by that is, I know this is a shocker, but I got in a fight in practice with a teammate in junior college. We squared up, and he took that L, and as the folks say today, no cap. He got molly-whopped. And on Fridays, I didn’t have class, so I would work at Taco Bell. And then on Saturday mornings, I would catch the bus at about 4:00 in the morning, from the inner city, go up there, work from 6:00 until about 2:30 and then go to school. We played night games, so I would go to my boy’s house, and then we would play that game at night. So I would literally be working all day.
“But what happened was that on Friday, I didn’t make walk-through, because I was working, as usual. But old boy that I got in a fight with, he was waiting in my locker area with a pistol. And he was in the locker room, waiting basically to shoot me. And if I would have came in, he would have shot me. But the fact of the matter is, I didn’t show up that day, because on Friday’s, I didn’t have to do the walk-through because I was working. So it’s kind of crazy how all of that intertwined. Some people look at working in fast food as a curse, but for me, I really look at it like it was a gift.”
Smith declined to name who that teammate was, and said that they moved past the incident and he hopes that his former teammate is doing well today.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.