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Molded by Baltimore upbringing, Kansas safety Fish Smithson gives back 'as much as I can'

Molded by Baltimore upbringing, Kansas safety Fish Smithson gives back 'as much as I can'

Need does not discriminate. Fish Smithson knows that painful lesson all too well.

From his childhood in East Baltimore to his days playing safety for the University of Kansas football team, Smithson has witnessed the plight of men, women and children facing hardship. And while the faces and locations might change, the heartache does not.

"There are just people in need," said Smithson, a senior who played high school football in Utah. "The difference is, there are certain types of people, but it's really just people in need. I remember last summer we were helping special-needs adults running on the football field and helping them throw and catch and kick at our...

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