Seminole man hopes to follow in grandfather's path

Jarrid Smith, a 22-year-old student at Florida Atlantic University, hopes to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and become a leader in the Seminole Tribe.

Smith grew up on the Brighton Seminole Reservation. His grandfather, Fred Smith, was the longest-serving president of the tribe's corporate board before passing away in 1996.

Smith plans to carry on the legacy once he finishes his studies. He already received a degree in political science and is working on another one in communications.

"It was just a given that I was going to college," Smith told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I am thankful to [my mother] for pushing me. Some people don't have parents who would do that."

But academics isn't his only strong point. He's been a four-year starter for the FAU football team, where he plays offensive lineman.

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Football a stop on way to Seminole Tribe leadership (The South Florida Sun-Sentinel 9/12)

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