When Sam Smith was a child, he was often in a car wash.
But it was not just any car wash he was in.
“Sam Smith was my first car wash,” recalls his father, Bill Smith.
“I would have kids and they’d be like, ‘What is this?'”
Sam’s dad, Bill, Sr. recalls how his son was always in the same spot: in the back of the car wash at the end of the season.
“If it was a Saturday, he’d be on the car,” Bill Smith says.
“We’d get a few people to come in and see him.”
Bill Smith, Sr., says he and his wife would sit in their living room and watch as Sam would “make all the right decisions, be respectful, be the leader of the group.”
“Sam always had a smile on his face,” says Bill Smith, Jr. “You never knew if he was going to make you laugh or cry.
And he was always looking out for people. “
That was a special bond.
And he was always looking out for people.
He always knew how to help.
He was always good to kids.”
Sam’s father says that when his son began playing football at age 12, he made his own personal car wash that he called “Sam’s Car Wash.”
That was the start of a lifelong friendship between the son and his dad.
Sam Smith’s father, Sr, remembers that after Sam played football, his father would go out to the community and hang out with kids.
“He was always the kind of guy you didn’t want to mess with,” Bill says.
“He had a special smile on your face.
You never knew whether he was actually going to do something.”
Sam and his father were so close that Bill Smith Jr. even had a car in the garage with the words “Bill Smith Sr.” painted on the hood.
“Bill Smith Jr.” was born in a tiny town outside of Detroit, Michigan, in 1947, according to the Ford Museum.
Bill Smith and his son, Sr.(2nd from right) and Bill Smith Sr.(3rd from left) with their father at a Detroit Lions football game in 2012.(Getty Images)Bill Smith is one of the greatest NFL players of all-time.
He’s also a man who worked hard to help others.
When Sam was just a little kid, his dad would go to the local grocery store, buy a couple of cans of Coke and put them in a bag.
“Then I would go and make my own car wash there,” Bill remembers.
“And then we’d go to work and put on a show.”
The first time Sam and his family saw him at work, Bill Sr. remembers Sam getting into a fight with another kid, who he says “was like a big, big bully.”
“I said, ‘You know, you’re right, you can’t kick him in the nuts,'” Bill Smith recalls.
“Because the kid would run off with a car and then I’d have to do the car washing.”
Bill remembers the day that Sam and Bill’s first carwash was set up at a local restaurant.
Sam was wearing his signature white T-shirt, white shorts, white socks and white sneakers.
“The guy that worked there was just so excited that he got to meet his son,” Bill recalls.
Sam’s first job was cleaning up a football game.
“My son was working on the football team and it was the first time he was ever going to work on a football field,” Bill said.
“So he was the youngest person that had ever been there, and he was working his butt off.”
“He worked on the field, too,” Bill continued.
“It was like he was doing a whole new job.”
Bill said he and Sam “always loved the football field” because he was so good at football.
“But we had never worked in the automotive industry before and that was where I was born,” Bill Sr., recalled.
“In our garage, we’d put a couple different things on the cars. “
I would have Sam paint them and he’d do it all by himself.””
In our garage, we’d put a couple different things on the cars.
I would have Sam paint them and he’d do it all by himself.”
Bill Sr. says that Sam “would paint everything.
That was a huge thrill for me.
He knew the cars and he knew the paint.”
Sam was also a good friend to his father.
He loved to be with his father.””
He loved that.
He loved to be with his father.”
Sam remembers that his father often brought Sam to work