About Sherman Smith
We are thrilled to announce this year’s Celebration Keynote Speaker Sherman Smith!
Smith is a devoted husband, father, and lifelong athlete. He was drafted in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Smith led the team in rushing in his first four seasons, eventually amassing 3,520 yards and 28 touchdowns. Along with 217 receptions for 2,393 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 1995, Smith joined the staff of the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) as the running back coach, where he helped mold Eddie George into one of the league’s elite running backs. In 2008 Smith left the Titans to join the Washington Redskins as offensive coordinator. Next, Smith was reunited with his former team, the Seattle Seahawks and was part of the 2013/14 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Winning Team. Smith has three children: Deland, Shavonne and Sherman. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Sharon for 46 years.
A man of unwavering faith, Smith and his son Deland McCullough were recently featured in the Kendrick Brothers’ documentary film SHOW ME THE FATHER. Deland, a former running back coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, often wondered about his biological parents, but was unable to gain access to adoption records. When a state law changed, he found his birth mother, who revealed McCullough’s biological father — a mentor, coach and close friend he’d known much of his life, Sherman Smith. It was unbeknownst to him that Deland was his child, but after this incredible revelation, the two have fostered an unbreakable father-son relationship.
Smith is set to share many stories of inspiration, connection, hope, and integrity from his personal experiences both on and off the field. His passion for mentorship seamlessly aligns with the YES mission, and we are honored to have him as this year’s Celebration Keynote Speaker!
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For more information about this year’s Celebration event, please contact Director of Development Sarah Conner at firstname.lastname@example.org.