When the Carolina Panthers cut longtime wide receiver Steve Smith, it was a strange day for the team and for fans of them as well. Seven-year-old Gavin Simone grew to Internet stardom for a video showing him crying hysterically over the Panthers cutting Smith. Well, on March 20, 2014, as WSOC reported, Simone got a big surprise from his favorite player.
The video shows young Gavin sitting in the backseat of the car as his father is heard telling him that the Panthers were going to release Smith. Gavin immediately broke into tears and was incredibly distraught at the news.
Since then, the Baltimore Ravens have picked up Smith for the coming season.
Gavin Simone was a guest on ABC's "Good Morning America" to talk about the video, and he got a big surprise.
"It touched me a little bit,'' Smith said Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" show. "He was balling. He had the ugly face cry.''
Steve Smith showed up to meet his little fan, gave him a hug, and presented him with a number 90 Ravens jersey with the name of "Smith Sr" on the back.
"Had to meet him and hook him up with some new Ravens gear,'' Smith said on GMA.
Smith made news when he said that he hopes whichever team he landed with, would play the Panthers because there would be "blood and guts everywhere." The Ravens do play the Panthers at some point this season, and it will surely be a game that all fans will be anticipating.