Thursday, June 3, 2010
It is reported that the legendary Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden made an appearance at a clemency hearing on behalf of former running back Sammie Smith, who was arrested for cocaine possession 15 years ago. Bowden said it was a "privilege" to speak on Smith's behalf and expressed his confidence that Smith's future would not feature such notable mistakes. Like most clemency applicants, the 43-year-old Smith was only seeking to have his civil rights restored. He has already served out his seven year prison sentence.
Smith was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and played three years before being traded to the Denver Broncos. Florida Governor Charlie Crist called the testimony on Smith's behalf "compelling."
PardonPower wishes Sammy nothing but the best. As for Coach Bowden ... ever and always a class act! See story here and here.