I’m with ERIE
September 7, 2012
Steve Smith, wide receiver, Carolina Panthers
ERIE Customer with Partners Insurance Agency in Cornelius, N.C.
Beyond the gridiron: As one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, it’s safe to say Steve Smith achieved his boyhood dream of being a football star. But his talents and interests go far beyond the field.
For starters, he’s financially savvy courtesy of an internship at Morgan Stanley. “I wasn’t sure how money worked since my folks didn’t have a lot,” he says. “The internship taught me so much about budgeting and investing and made me really inquisitive.”
Scrabble®, anyone? Steve and his wife, Angie, make their three children a top priority. “We’re a tight-knit family,” he says. “We travel extensively, have family game nights and cook together.”
Steve also coaches his youngest son’s football team. For him, it’s not as easy as most would think. “I try not to say anything unless he asks—and that’s not always easy for me,” he admits.
The Good Samaritan: Steve serves as an ambassador for Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit organization that provides millions of people all over the world with shoes, socks and hope. His family—and, more recently, ERIE—have aided his efforts. “It’s so great to see a company humble themselves to help,” he says.
So far, ERIE has granted the organization $5,000 while the Charlotte Branch team, ERIE Agents and agency staff recently participated in a shoe distribution. Another distribution of shoes, backpacks, school supplies and free haircuts took place this past August. ERIE is also contributing to a virtual shoe drive campaign. To learn more and make a donation, visit samaritansfeet.org.
Why ERIE? “We insure everything with ERIE because it’s phenomenal,” Steve, a Customer of Partners Insurance Agency in Cornelius, N.C., enthuses. “We’re so pleased with the quality and service.”