April 15, 2014
The Detroit Lions are retiring the number 93 jersey for the upcoming season in memory of defensive lineman Corey Smith, who disappeared when a boat capsized off the Florida coast.
Smith, a free agent who played the past three seasons with
Detroit, is one of three men who went missing off the Gulf Coast
after their 21-foot fishing boat capsized in rough seas three weeks
Galen Duncan of the Lions' front office announced the one-year
retirement of Smith's jersey number at a memorial service Saturday
in Smith's hometown of Richmond, Va.
Several hundred mourners, including Smith's former teammates
from the NFL, North Carolina State and high school attended the
Smith's high school coach, Kevin Burden, says he prays for a
guardian angel who wears the number 93.
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