Black and Blue all over: Corey Smith tribute

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
We haven't posted much on the search for former Detroit defensive end Corey Smith because something just didn't seem right about mixing the increasingly tragic story with daily news about free agent comings and goings. But with the U.S. Coast Guard's decision to call off the search for Smith and two other boaters who went missing over the weekend in the Gulf of Mexico, it's time to share some thoughts and words from some of the people who knew Smith well in Detroit.

Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com recalls how committed former Lions coach Rod Marinelli was to keeping Smith on the roster, even if it meant overloading at the defensive line position. Marinelli told ChicagoBears.com that Smith was "as tough as any guy I ever coached."

Former Lions receiver Roy Williams recalled how Marinelli repeatedly showed a tape of Smith blocking two men during a kickoff return in 2007.

Smith had a sweet tooth and once told Brian Van Ochten of Mlive.com that his favorite dessert was brownies and ice cream:

"If I see it in front of me, I've got to eat it -- that combination," Smith once told Van Ochten. "I put fudge on it. I just love that hot and cold combination, plus the [hot] fudge."

Smith was a free agent and it was uncertain whether the Lions had plans to bring him back, but it's clear he made a lasting legacy in Detroit.

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