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The sport of football from Pop Warner to the collegiate level is all about discipline For Washington State football players Dave Minnich and Wendell Smith discipline comes from an altogether different source Both players spent four years of their lives in the Marine Corps Although their paths never really crossed in the service they are forever linked as brothers Now they are at Washington State University and they are joined together as teammates Smith a sophomore from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane made a name for himself in the Marines He was stationed at Marine Barracks 8th and I the oldest post in the Corps in Washington DC where only the top three percent of the Marines get placed Smiths spotless criminal record and his background history made him an obvious selection He was honored as a member of the World Famous Body Bearers and his duties included infantry and carrying caskets at over 400 funerals of prominent Marines veterans and United States congressmen Smith was also a bouncer at clubs in the DC area for extra income on the weekends whenever the job did not interfere with his Marine duties While stationed in Washington DC from 1995 to 1999 Smith was a member of the Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard during parades and inaugurations He still vividly remembers being there for President Clintons second inaugural address Oh man that was cold Smith said You dont understand Being on the top of Capitol Hill in January with the wind blowing was freezing Smith a reserve defensive back and special teams player likes to keep a low profile but he cannot hide from his claim to fame Wearing number 38 in last seasons Homecoming game against California Smith recovered a blocked-punt and delivered the knockout punch to the Golden Bears It was a moment hell never forget It was one of the highlights of my life Smith said Its something that you
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