Corey Smith's parents say they are proud of everything he accomplished and say he's deeply missed by his brothers and sisters. His family also tells Oprah Show producers that Nick's depiction of his last hours isn't the Corey they knew.

The Smith family has issued the following statement:

“The family of Corey D. Smith would like to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support and expressions of sympathy demonstrated by the many kind people across the country as well as the NFL and NC State families. To you we are forever grateful.

Although we have not read nor had input into Mr. Schuyler's book, we trust its emphasis is to bring greater awareness to water, fishing and boating safety to assure no other family will have to experience the loss our family has endured.

It has not been an easy year for any of us, and as we near the anniversary of the untimely loss of Corey, Marquis and Will, we believe that we each mourn privately, as there are mothers who have lost their son, children who have lost their father, siblings who have lost their brother and other relatives, friends, teammates and fans who have lost their hero.

Corey decided to go fishing with his friend and former teammate Marquis. Corey knew Mr. Schuyler very briefly and only through his association with Marquis. Regardless, Corey and Marquis were true comrades and enjoyed their last outing together. As we remember our fallen, we hope to continue to preserve Corey's character, accomplishments and spirit by raising safety awareness, giving back to the community and making a difference by planting seeds in the future of our young people.

May God continue to bless all of the families involved in hopes that we can move forward with sincere purpose and respect for one another and in honorable memory of Corey, Marquis and Will."

Nick says he knows it was the hypothermia acting out, not Corey. "Corey is just the big guy that everybody loved, the big teddy bear," he says. "[He] never has anything bad to say about anybody. Laughs. Listens a lot. He doesn't talk a whole lot. And just an outgoing, fun-loving guy."


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