Super Bowl Champion Smith returns to Mohawk Valley
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Proctor graduate Will Smith returned to the Mohawk Valley Saturday, hosting the annual Evening With All-Stars, which honors the Mohawk Valley Football Team.
Smith, a starting Defensive End for the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, was joined by Syracuse head football coach Doug Marrone, who was previously the Offensive line coach and Offensive Coordinator in New Orleans.
Smith was excited to have Marrone at the event, and credits him with helping to build the offensive line for this year's Super Bowl Champions. "They're considered one of the best offensive lines in the National Football League and he's the reason all those guys are there to this day."
Marrone sung the praises of the former Raider and national champion at Ohio State, saying "Will's one of those players that you look back on your career as a coach and you say I was happy to be around him for that period of time. I'm excited to be back here supporting Will and this community really."
It was the second straight year Smith has returned for the event, and he hopes to leave a lasting impact. "It's very special for me to come back. I consider this my home. They've asked me to host this party, this is the second year and I always thought it was a great idea, something I always wish I had when I was growing up. Now we're hosting it and hopefully all the guys enjoy it."
NEWSChannel 2 Sports Director Jason Powles served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which benefit Smith's charity, Where There's a Will There's a Way, as well as to fund free football clinics in Oneida County.