Tiffany Smith, wife of former Texans G.M., dies of breast cancer

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Just over a year ago, Rick Smith took a leave of absence from his role as General Manager of the Houston Texans to tend to his wife, Tiffany, as she battled breast cancer.

Smith released a statement on Thursday evening that Tiffany had lost her fight.

“Tiffany Avery Smith my wife of 17 years, passed away today at 12:00 noon, after a fierce battle with Breast Cancer,” Smith said, via ABC 13. “She was beautiful, courageous, and a wonderful wife and mother. I was honored to be her husband and I loved her dearly. My family and I, are in such gratitude for the outpouring of love and support we have received during her course of treatments. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes, dinners, rides to school, and all the many gestures of love and support we’ve received during this time. We are blessed to be in this community. God bless you all.”

The Texans announced Rick Smith was taking a leave of absence of New Year’s Eve of 2017. Smith and Texans head coach Bill O’Brien had also butted heads over decisions made by the team leading up to Smith’s leave. The Texans hired Brian Gaine to take over the G.M. duties with Smith unavailable for the foreseeable future.

The Texans also released a statement upon learning of Tiffany’s passing.

“My family and the entire Houston Texans organization are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tiffany Smith,” chairman and CEO Cal McNair said. “She was a loving mother, wife, and a strong force for good in the Houston community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick, their three children and the entire Smith family.”

11 responses to “Tiffany Smith, wife of former Texans G.M., dies of breast cancer

  1. As a Texans fan from a business perspective I wanted him gone long ago. This news however breaks my heart. Stay strong Rick

  2. President Kennedy made a national commitment to go to the moon by the end of the decade. Not because it was easy, but because it was hard. We need to make that same commitment as a nation to defeat cancer.

  3. The number of thumbs down about something so personal, so pervasive, and can affect all of us literally disgusts me. Hats off to @footballpat. We need to do it because it is hard – and worthy.

  4. wow – I know he was critcized by many – but obviously was in a fight for his wife’s life for some time.

    terrible news

  5. Sad news. I know first hand that cancer sucks.

    Footballpat, there is a national/global commitment similar to what you described. It is called the Moonshot Initiative. Although there is a long way to go, there have been many advances in defeating cancer and many more are on the horizon. I doubt they cure it by 2020, but fingers crossed that someday a cancer diagnosis will not be as ominous as it is today.

    “In January 2016 during President Obama’s final State of the Union address he called on his Vice President, Joe Biden, to help make America “the country that cures cancer once and for all.” The name purposefully evokes feelings of The Space Race in the 1960s. Similar to Kennedy’s call to get America to the moon first, Obama and Biden are calling on those in the scientific community and all Americans to pull together to cure cancer. Even after funneling billions of dollars into research, up to half of American men and one third of all American women will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes – this initiative aims to put an end to this harrowing fact.

    The formation of the Blue Ribbon Panel was the first step in the process. The Cancer Moonshot task force chose this panel, comprised of experts from a range of scientific fields, cancer advocacy organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. The panel was announced on April 4, 2016 and have since met intermittently. In September 2016 the panel released a report that details their plan for 10 transformative research programs that they believe will allow the project to achieve a decade’s worth of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in just 5 years.”

  6. The negativity expressed here in voting makes me want to cry. The man lost his wife and people can’t have empathy for that. Is your life really that sad. Grow up people and let’s become a country of compassion again.

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