Malik Jackson

With Rams and Chargers in town, NFL players with L.A. roots can finally play in front of friends and family

With Rams and Chargers in town, NFL players with L.A. roots can finally play in front of friends and family

Steve Smith has a Super Bowl ring he won while playing as a receiver for the New York Giants. He’s also a member of the so-called lost generation of people who grew up in Los Angeles from 1995 through 2015, when there was no NFL team based here.

“I was a basketball guy growing up,” he said. “The Rams and Raiders left when I was in first grade.”

At Woodland Hills Taft High, he became so good at catching passes that USC offered him a scholarship.

“USC was like a pro team,” he said. “We felt we made it when you’re at USC because there was no pro team.”

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