ORLANDO / TALLAHASSEE – John Crossman, CEO of Crossman Career Builders, donated and raised $10,000 to have a locker at the Florida State University McIntosh Track & Field Building named after Sammie Smith. The funds are earmarked for support and promotion of the Seminoles’ track and field program.
“In these times of prejudice and unrest, I am so pleased to honor someone who has done so much for others,” Crossman said. “It took less than a year to raise that money because people believe in Sammie, in his character and in redemption.”
Smith was one of the greatest athletes in FSU history, a football and track star. He played running back for the Dolphins and Broncos, but after his career in the NFL ended he got mixed up with the wrong people, was arrested on drug charges and sent to prison. He reformed his life, got his rights restored, and now is a chaplain with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Ole Miss Football team.