Sammie Smith’s message strengthens as he completes college degree

Sammie Smith began to think about it a few years ago.

He built connections with recruits and players as Ole Miss' Director of Character Development. He wanted to see them excel in the classroom and on the football field. And he wanted to see them graduate. But Smith had left Florida State a year early for the NFL and didn't earn his degree.

"My message and my platform to them is the platform that God has given them, to be college athletes and to play and pursue a degree," Smith said. "They shouldn't . . .

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