More than an All-American: Dillon native mentors football's rising stars

More than an All-American: Dillon native mentors football's rising stars

DILLON, S.C. (WMBF) – This weekend, some of high school football's best in the country go against one another down in San Antonio in the US Army All-American Bowl - and it's not your typical high school all-star football game. This week has been a bit different than usual for Sergeant First Class David Smith of the U.S. Army. While assisting in some of the Army training that he has learned since 2001 it was used for some of the biggest future football stars in the country.

"It resembles the army a lot," said SFC David Smith. "They come together, from across the nation to develop this team within one week and they'll compete against each other and it's amazing to watch."

Sergeant Smith – a Dillon native – was chosen by the Army to be a mentor for the players participating in the US Army All-American Bowl this weekend. Though exemplifying good character isn't anything new to the players.

"These individuals were selected not only for their on-field performances but for their involvement in their communities as well," said Smith. 

Big names have taken the stage in the past during this game, and the chance to mentor the next NFL standout is always appealing too.

"The United States Army All-American Bowl has alumni such as Demarco Murray who is a star for the Dallas Cowboys now," reflected Smith. "It's a great opportunity for these guys to launch their careers off of."

Though the whole week is more than just about big name athletes on the gridiron.

"It's a great opportunity for the Army to extend its influence into local communities from across the nation, and everybody coming together in the San Antonio local area to provide community outreach programs," said Smith. 

The US Army All-American Bowl kicks off January 3 at 1pm on NBC/ WMBf News.

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