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Seahawks coach reaches out to Smith family

By Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com

February 4, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — The man who led the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl victory took some time before the big game to send a video message of support to a local family who recently lost two children in a house fire.


On Tuesday, a video to the Smith family from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll began circulating around Facebook. Carroll sent the message prior to the big game with New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium in the background.


In the video message, Carroll says: “Wanted to send a message to Bill Smith and his family. I know they’ve gone through a terrible tragedy with Braxton and Tiffany and Tre fighting for his life right now. I know Braxton was a great Seahawks fan and we want to let them know he’s coming with us to the Super Bowl. And we want to send all the love your way. I know as little Tre is fighting, we wish him the very best and send our prayers your way. It’s so difficult but let’s fight along with him (Tre). I’m sure he’s waging a great fight himself. The Seahawks are with you. We’re going to try and win the Super Bowl. Hope you guys come with us. Bless you guys.”


Last week, a Smith family spokesperson confirmed Carroll also made a personal phone call to Bill Smith to offer condolences and support.


For those who wish to send Tre get well cards or balloons, they can be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Kids, C/O William Smith, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229. The family asks that no stuffed animals be sent.


Braxton Smith, 11, and his sister Tiffany Grant, 26, died as a result of injuries sustained in the fire.