ESPN’s Marty Smith is considered one of the true good guys in the sports media industry. He proved it again on Saturday, after LSU’s win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Following the game, WRBL (Columbus, Ga.) sports reporter Jack Patterson was doing a prerecorded a standup TV spot about the Tigers’ win from inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. He slipped up on a take, and was clearly frustrated, which caught the eye of Smith, who was walking in the stands nearby.
Smith went down to Patterson, and gave him some words of encouragement, letting him know that those recorded standups were his least favorite part of the assignment as well. It is really cool to see how touched Patterson was by this chance encounter.
He posted video of the entire thing on Twitter last night, and it has really blown for good reason.
As I recorded my standup for my LSU-Alabama wrap, @MartySmithESPN gave some advice & encouragement. I'm a big fan of his dating back to his NASCAR days, but this was next level. To quote him, "Be kind. Work hard. The rest takes care of itself." Words to live by. Thank you man. 💯 pic.twitter.com/niiE3rJtDW
— Jack Patterson (@JPattersonTV) November 12, 2019
As the video has gone viral, Patterson has received an outpouring of love and support from other media members as well.
Hours later, his coworker Rex Castillo posted a video of his ongoing reaction to the viral moment.
— Rex Castillo (@rexcastillotv) November 12, 2019
Saturday’s LSU-Alabama game in Tuscaloosa was a pretty special moment in college football this season, not only for the incredible game we got to witness, but for moments like this that it led to.
Kudos to Marty Smith for making a young reporter’s day.