Steve Smith welcomes Jimmy Clausen with some rookie hazing

Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen may soon be delivering the ball to wide receiver Steve Smith on Sundays. But first Clausen had to deliver some groceries to Smith.

Charles Chandler of the Charlotte Observer passes along the story of how Smith welcomed Clausen to the team — by telling him to do some grocery shopping.

Before Clausen flew from Los Angeles to Charlotte to report to the Panthers’ facilities, Smith texted Clausen to tell him to bring some Cactus Cooler sodas with him. Cactus Cooler is an orange-pineapple soft drink that is popular in California, where both Smith and Clausen are from, but isn’t available in most of the country.

Clausen said he followed instructions and got the Cactus Coolers to Smith.

“Steve seems like a great guy,” Clausen said. “He’s obviously a great player.”

We’re not surprised Clausen complied with Smith’s request. Ken Lucas and Anthony Bright could tell Clausen what happens when Smith gets mad at his teammates, and Clausen knows it’s no fun to get punched in the face.

50 responses to “Steve Smith welcomes Jimmy Clausen with some rookie hazing

  1. Clausen is no stranger to being bombed on. I hope the best for Jimmy C

  2. That’s not hazing. Hazing would have been if Smith asked Clausen to bring him some of the local weed, then tipped off airport authorities.
    “Hee hee, look at the rook do the perp walk…”.

  3. Not mentioned, but included on the grocery list:
    -tampons
    -Midol
    -vagisil
    Cactus coolers? what a couple of fancy-boys.

  4. Freshman year of Baseball I was called up to the varsity team to pitch in a game and one of the seniors put a small amount of Frank’s red hot on in the crotch region of my game pants, I didn’t notice till the 3rd inning when my balls started to feel like they were on fire.
    After every pitch I had to adjust myself, after the 5th inning I jammed an icepack down there, not the best solution,
    FYI: We lost to Somerset 4-2 and I was tagged for 3 runs 🙁

  5. sounds more like a favor in the name of steve’s nostalgism, not hazing…oh did i mention that this is FAR from newsworthy??

  6. Don’t worry Clausen will likely have quite a few players hitting him the face if he puts on his diva act.

  7. are you reading the theredzone.org for your news flashes? They seem to be a few minutes ahead of you…without the dumb commentary

  8. he needs to send him back for some white castle and a wr not past his prime and bring it with him too.

  9. Smith asked a favor from Clausen because he was out in CA, where these softdrinks are available…..how is this news again?

  10. We’re not surprised Clausen complied with Smith’s request. Ken Lucas and Anthony Bright could tell Clausen what happens when Smith gets mad at his teammates, and Clausen knows it’s no fun to get punched in the face.
    ====================
    So basically MDS wrote a harmless story about interaction between two new team mates who come from the same part of the country.
    How nice- what a refreshing break from all of the dreck fans have to deal with on a daily basis.
    Then he looked at it and said- “This will never work. PFT readers expect us to be snarky and back-biting. So I guess I’ll throw out this tired old reference to difficulties Smith and Clausen had in the past.”
    And now it just sounds like everything else on here.

  11. If that is hazing you are pretty sensitive. My girlfriend hazes me like every day then. Michael David Smith…three names necessary if you aren’t selling hair products or real estate? What a giner.

  12. Claussen is a gamer…I honestly can’t believe he slipped to the 2nd.
    All the dude ever did was make big plays in (what were to them) big games.
    Kiper is right, for once. 3 years from now, Carolina will be undergoing a re-surgence with Claussen, and Josh Mcdaniels will be looking for work.

  13. Uh, hazing? That is some pretty G rated hazing then. This is hardly even a frivolous errand. He asked for a drink from their mutual home area that isn’t sold in Carolina.
    That is almost like a friendly gesture more than anything. Making a connection with a rookie player.
    Er wait, this is PFT, let’s call it hazing, link it to face punching, and maybe throw in Favre for good measure.

  14. the rest of the story goes like this.
    “Clausen then bent over and let smith have his way with him”

  15. Do whatever it takes Jimmy to get in there and be a starter U r going to be great.

  16. 1) In another article, Mike Florio just said behavior like “hazing” is wrong. It has no place in the corporate world. If I took a job and a co-worker told me to get his groceries, it would be deemed unacceptable. When will the NFL clean up their act.
    2) Only mass murderers and presidential assasins use 3 names…..just saying in response to some above.
    3) I’m happy there’s another post I can reply to instead of something about whether or not the president of the Dolphins said something inappropriate to a potential player and whether or not it was in response to said player saying something that may/may not have been true about members of his own family……

  17. @The Real Shuxion says:
    April 30, 2010 2:06 PM
    Freshman year of Baseball I was called up to the varsity team to pitch in a game and one of the seniors put a small amount of Frank’s red hot on in the crotch region of my game pants, I didn’t notice till the 3rd inning when my balls started to feel like they were on fire.
    After every pitch I had to adjust myself, after the 5th inning I jammed an icepack down there, not the best solution,
    FYI: We lost to Somerset 4-2 and I was tagged for 3 runs 🙁
    Wow! this one time at band camp…….

  18. Smith is a turd. He might still be beating up team-mates if he wasn’t so damn old.

  19. Matt Moore played solid last year, still don’t understand the signing.
    They worked the G-men at the end of the season, though the G-men were playing fawful by the end of the season.

  20. How is that hazing, I thought maybe Smith shook the soda in Clausen’s face or something.

  21. The last line was the best I’ve seen on this site in awhile.. Outstanding effort bringing that all together..

  22. If he lived in Hawaii Then Smith could have asked for Hawaiin Punch–And I bet Florio could have made a pun (ch)! Get it!
    Wonder why he never delivers any overly-egotistical short Italian jokes?

  23. mean D, too old?? are u serious dude, Steve is not old, he’s 30 for cryin out loud… He will be whoopin ass for 3 or 4 more years, then probably play an additional 2 or 3 to try and win a superbowl if he hasnt already…
    89 must have scorched your team and you like to hold grudges. Sorry pal, he’s still the best in the league.

  24. At my old high school (Westlake, in Westlake Village, CA…mine and Jimmy Clausen’s hometown) the soda machine outside the boys locker room once broke and by pushing the Cactus Cooler button it would dispense a free soda bottle of various flavors.
    After emptying the machine of all the Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mug Root Beer and Cactus Cooler…we counted 86 bottles in all.
    So Cactus Cooler will always have a warm spot in my heart…despite tasting like a combo of Pedialite and cat piss.

  25. @pilot08
    mean D, too old?? are u serious dude, Steve is not old, he’s 30 for cryin out loud… He will be whoopin ass for 3 or 4 more years, then probably play an additional 2 or 3 to try and win a superbowl if he hasnt already…
    89 must have scorched your team and you like to hold grudges. Sorry pal, he’s still the best in the league
    Really??? What happened last year? It was Jakey D’s fault right? He even said he needs to have a #1 WR to help him out, 65 catches for 982 is not even in the neiborhood of the best. His best year was 2005 and he’s done, bye bye now.

  26. He would have had a thousand yards last year, but he didnt play in week 16 because he broke his arm catching a touchdown from Matt Moore you idiot… Moore played the last 4 games of the season, of which Smith torched everyone(Giants, Vikings, Patriots, etc…) Don’t you think 89 would have put up better numbers if Jake wasn’t in there for the first 11 games?? bye bye now

  27. Wait until he keeps doing this….b/c though it may be funny now it won’t be months later

  28. Smith too old? he still runs a sub 4.5 40 and has the best average of anyone alive over the past 3 years yac. He still has 5 very good years ahead of him and two of them should be very, very good!
    Re-roll the tape of him breaking his arm in the last game of the season. He did not flinch! re-wind the tapes of Smith breaking tackles and scoring points (over the last 9 years!)…there has been no fall off in his skills, just a fall off in the sorry qb throwing jump balls to him.
    With an accurate qb at the helm Smith should win the triple crown again next season!

  29. did he say “cactuth” cooler w/ poochie lips???-ok gay guy from welsh soccer – here’s your american football mate!!!

  30. Not really hazing, but the last paragraph was funny enough to make the post worth reading.

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  32. Tell ya what, Clausen is due some hazing (especially about that haircut) but at the end of the day he’s going to be a dag gum good QB, check it out from L.A.: bit.ly/cqzaz3

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