Thursday, October 8, 2009

Steve Smith to coach Mallard Creek for a day

Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith will be an honorary coach for the day at Mallard Creek High Tuesday. Smith will participate in drills, speak to the team and sign autographs as part of the Powerade Coach for the Day essay contest.

This is the second school Smith has visited. Last season, he was coach for a day at Lake Norman High. High school students submit essays, explaining why their school would benefit from Smith's coaching. This year, Mallard Creek's Mohammed Sirleaf's letter was picked as the winner.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rather ironic since Mr. Smith would not be able to pass a background check to be a "regular" coach at a CMS School. One would assume Poweade could find a more suitable representative for this promotion. I have contacted CMS and urge others do do the same. It is time we quit putting these atletes on a pedestal. His on the field outburts and his two-time assult on a teammate should be enoung for CMS to rethink this.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, its those kind of actions that Steve Smith has shown on the field and been punished for that helps him teach kids. He tells them to learn from his mistakes. Making mistakes is a part of life and helps a person to develop maturity. Nobody is perfect including you, so sit back and keep your mouth closed. At least Steve is willing to give back to the community, when i see other star players not doing anything.

Anonymous said...

That was a crazy, judgemental comment, it sounds as if you are jealous. Best wishes to Mr. Smith.

Robert said...

I love this promotion and its a good oppurtunity for the kids that Steve Smith get to coach. The only thing i wish is that the kids from the "weaker" schools/football programs would get behind promotions like this and really push to have Smith be their coach for the day. But its a random drawing so good for Mallard Creek.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first poster. Are you others so blinded by his celebrity status that you wil overlook his past transgressions. How many times does one have to make a mistake to "learn" from it. He has not attacked a teammate once but twice. Yes we all make mistakes but we suffer consequences. Mr. Smith would not qualify for a coaching position due to his past actions. You all have the right to your opinions and I respect them. I do find it sad that he is the best Powerade could find for this promotion. How about a local guy like Brad Hoover? My kids understand Steve is a great athlete. They alos undestand his temper is something he has difficulty controlling.

Anonymous said...

It was NOT a random drawing. Pleas do not psot if you do not lnow the facts. It was a 89 word essay open to CMS and surrounding area schools. The essay was judged on several criteria.

Perhaps the weaker schools spend too much time on athletics and not academics.

Anonymous said...

Some of you sound so ignorant that it's not funny. Unless you are God, you should not judge. We all make mistakes and yes, it may take some people longer to learn from their mistakes. I bet if you had a camera watching your everyday life yours wouldn't look so good. Unless of course you are so perfect that you've lived an error free life. (Doubt it)

Robert said...

please do not post if you do not know how to spell. The point i was trying to make is that schools such as Garinger, Berry, Olympic could really benefit from Smith. Good schools but they arent athletically powerful schools like Independence, Myers Park, Butler and so on...

...douche

Terry said...

Steve Smith is God. Watch out for the lightning.

Anonymous said...

douche...now THAT takes intellect.

Terry said...

Also, Stevie Franchise has yet to be charged with a crime, altough the beatdowns of teammates is not a great track record. I'm sure some of you have been involved in skirmashes over the years, whether it be in bars or on the playing fields. He has been a model citizen outside of the beatings of Anthony Bright and Ken Lucas. As someone who has seen more good people get involved in on the field fights over the years and know how much trash these guys talk to each other, I can live with those. Rae Carruth on the other hand.......

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that so many folks get ugly when posting an opposing viewpoint. I agree that Steve Smith should not be considered a role model. It is up to the parents to show their kids what is right and wrong.

Anyone with any morals or decent upbringing understands you cannot go around violently attacking co-workers. You or I would lose our jobs under those circumstances.

Like other posters havd said I doubt Mr. Smith would pass a background check for CMS.

To assume that "God" is the only person that can judge is preposterous. My job does require that I be under the spotlight. I frequently haved a camera on me and can ASSURE you that had I been involved in the fracases Mr. Smith has been involved in I would be fired. It would be nearly impossible for me to get another job in my chosen field.

I think CMS should use better judgment and replace Mr. Smith with another athlete. Just this one guys opinion.

Anonymous said...

Terry:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was jailed Friday and faces a misdemeanor assault charge from a film-room fight that sent a teammate to the hospital.

Anthony Bright, a practice squad player, suffered a broken nose and was hospitalized for two nights in the fight that broke out during a film session Monday. He filed an incident report with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police following his release from the hospital.

Anonymous said...

He has been a model citizen outside of the beatings of Anthony Bright and Ken Lucas.

Now that is funny. Other than 2 DUI's (the last which killed a woman) my neighbor was a good guy. He is now servig time. But other than the two DUI's he is really a good guy. More people drive drunks on a daily basis than VIOLENTY attact a co-worker.

And Mr. Smith is such a upstanding guy both of his attacks "blindsided" his victim.

Mohammed Sirleaf said...

Yes I won lets goooo Mallard Creek
and everyone come out to the game October 16 our homecomming

Anonymous said...

How sad that the promotion includes the one player on the Panthers that should not be considered a role model to kids. Athletics has its place in society, but using Steve Smith to promote education is absurd. He ended the career of one of his own teammates, and attacked another without provocation. Nothing ugly here, just the facts. He can play football, no question about it, just keep him away from the kids. Yep, he is forgiven in this Christian's eyes, but his repeated "mistakes" lend one to believe that his best days are on the football field, not as a celebrity coach of a high school football team. Put John Kasay out there, a real role model for kids.

Anonymous said...

Mr Sirleaf:

Not so fast. The school board is going to address this issue. They are elected officials and we have thier ear. Congratulations to you however the choice of Steve Smith is unacceptable. I do not want to rain on your parade but this may not be a done deal.

There is a large group that may protest this charade. The blogs and interet are hot with this issue and I know for a fact Mr. Hattabaugh may not allow this to proceed.

Anonymous said...

Is North Carolina against Mallard Creek like you took our wins and our posible state championship and now you want to take Smith can yall hope of our sacks and do better thing with your lives and for you
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Stop worrying about Steve and worry about education and trying to help CMS an schools like Garinger and West Charlotte

Anonymous said...

Most athletes that we put on a pedestal have been at fault for one thing or another, we are all not perfect. I agree that maybe there is a more suitable replacement, however, Mohammed wrote the essay, and won! Can you people just give the team the staisfaction of meeting Steve Smith and listening to what he has to say? Not sure if there was a big to do aobut him speaking to Lake Norman, however when he comes to Mallard Creek this becomes an issue. Let the kids enjoy themselves, the good ones will be able to speartate the good message from the bad actions of the past. GET OVER YOURSELVES....why do we need to make EVERYTHING you people don't agree with a politcal issue in CMS???