"I Play For Her Tonight": Footballer Chris Smith Braces Himself To Return To Field Days After Losing Beloved Girlfriend In A Car Crash

September 20, 2019 14:24

Petara Cordero, the girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith was killed in a roadside accident that happened after his car spun out on the highway on the 11th of September.

Cordero was a passenger in Smith’s Lamborghini, which had a tire malfunction and he struck the median wall. After Cordero exited the vehicle and was then struck by an oncoming vehicle.

After an incredibly difficult week, Chris Smith took the field in honor of his late girlfriend.

The man is a real fighter!

Smith announced his decision to play in the Browns’ Week 2 primetime game against the New York Jets seven hours before kickoff, explaining his reasoning in a statement.

“I am going to play tonight because it is something she would want me to do,”

- Smith said.

“She would want me to keep doing what I love and stay strong. I play for her tonight. She is my why.”

Cordero gave birth 3 weeks ago to their daughter, Haven Harris Smith.

    "When it first happened, I was ready to give up,"

    Smith told a group of reporters after the game.
    "But I had to just think about my daughter and stuff and she would want me to play."
    Smith paid tribute to Cordero on Friday with an Instagram slideshow, writing,
    "God has a plan for all of us we can’t understand but she is in a better place now and she can rest easy."

    His new tattoo is all about his love

    Moreover, the man honored his beloved one with the new tattoo lettering “stay strong” on the inside his forearm. It’s not only a tribute to his late girlfriend but also a mantra Smith has embodied in the days since he lost the mother to his newborn daughter.

    People's reaction

    People went to their profile to express their condolence:

    "God Bless you for being brave to do it for your family
    Be as strong, but don’t be afraid to cry.

    Another user added:

    " Can not imagine his pain and sorrow. Keep God at your center and everything else will work out"

    A third one said

    "So sad. She left the best gift behind her baby daughter. Praying for the family .R. I. P. Mommy. 😪😪😪"

    "Always keep god frist stay strong your beautiful ba y girl need you🙏"

    Smith proved himself to be a real fighter and it's great that he doesn't give up, understanding that his family still needs him. We hope he'll eventually find happiness in life!