Posted: Feb 24, 2013 6:37 PM by Jake Schlegel
Updated: Feb 25, 2013 6:30 PM
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Justin Smith has been making plays like this for nearly two decades. First at Jefferson City High School, then at Mizzou, and now in the NFL.
"He never watched a football game or anything. He was not really in sports when he was really young," said Dave Smith, Justin Smith's father.
Justin Smith is a defensive end for the San Frncisco 49ers. Has the 4th overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft and he's a four-time Pro Bowler, but he didn't begin to fall in love with the game of football until he was a teenager
"When he really fell in love with sports, or especially football, was in weight lifting and everything was about his eighth grade or so when he realized he was strong," Dave Smith said.
Smith grew up on a cattle ranch near Fulton and helped his dad outside with the daily chores.
"He really enjoyed being strong and lifting buckets of hay or buckets of feed and hay bales and everything else, and if he couldn't it just made him want to try to do it that much harder," Dave Smith said.
Smith has been in the NFL for a dozen years. He's suffered two concussions but he never missed a game until this past season.
"It's the first time he's ever missed a practice or a game from junior high on," Dave Smith said.
On December 16th against New England, Smith partially tore his left triceps.
"He told me, now of course defensive lineman use the triceps to move all the time and so all the hands game, and he mentioned to us he couldn't even do a pushup," Dave Smith said.
Smith decided to forgo surgery until after the playoffs, but unfortunately, his season ended with a Super Bowl loss.
"You know we were extremely dissapointed for a little while, but we was going to see him later that night and you know you can't, you gotta get over it, you gotta go on," Dave Smith said.
Smith has since had successful surgery, but he is 33 years old and entering the final year of his contract.
His parents say Smith might retire soon, but he would like to go out as a Super Bowl champion.
Posted 8:06 AM 12/1/2015 by Louie Kaczmarek, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY – Pre-filing began Tuesday for the 2016 legislative session and state representatives already have a plan in mind for the new year.
Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Fulton said lawmakers will be focusing bills on infrastructure, ethics reform and school funding.(More)
Posted 5:44 AM 12/1/2015 by Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
PHELPS COUNTY - A woman was hit and killed by a passing vehicle Monday night near I-44 in Phelps County.
Miya Goetz, 21, was a passenger in a stopped vehicle on the westbound side of the highway, according to an (More)
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Posted 4:36 AM 12/1/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021.
A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage (More)
Posted 11:05 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman on several charges after she hit multiple vehicles, sending two people to the hospital.
The department arrested Deborah Barr, 51, from Columbia on two counts of assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer, leaving (More)
Posted 7:52 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department is investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
Investigators said the incident was reported at 5:07 p.m. Monday at 728 Grand Avenue.
Detective Dal Hedges said the man was taken to Fulton Medical Center initally but did not (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/30/2015 by Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Reporter
CENTRALIA - The City of Centralia hopes expanding its electrical system will help bring growth to more parts of town.
Boring for the first of three new underground electrical conduits began Monday. The conduits will run under the two rail lines in the city and widen (More)
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Posted 5:36 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press and Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Missouri's health department from revoking the abortion license held by a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.
The temporary restraining order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey is set to (More)
Posted 4:38 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri higher education leaders have dropped plans for a potential 2016 ballot measure that would have raised taxes on cigarettes to fund college scholarships.
Supporters of the "Missouri Promise" initiative announced their decision (More)