On the last of Detroit running back Kevin Smith’s three touchdowns Sunday, three of the Panthers’ starting defensive backs had a shot to tackle him. All three wound up grasping at air with their heads down, staring at the artificial turf.
It isn’t often that someone in South Florida has his heart in Detroit, but Pete Bommarito has been waiting a long time to see Lions running back Kevin Smith(notes) get another chance.
“This was sweet, really special,” said Bommarito, who in more than a decade as a trainer has helped hundreds of professional athletes progress through their careers. Few players have touched his heart as much as Smith.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.