Local Colorado Springs Football Star Plays for AFC Championship

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The AFC Championship game is just five days away and for one former Colorado Springs football star, it will be a homecoming. Defensive End Aaron Smith once played at Sierra High School. Now he's starring for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will be here on Sunday, playing one of the biggest games of his life in his home state...but defending the opposing team.

Back in 1990, Aaron Smith got his start at Sierra High School. After his freshman year, football was not the sport he wanted to play. His former coach Robert Walker says, “Really, Aaron was a basketball junkie.” Standing 6’5” and very skinny, neither his coach nor mom thought he’d ever go pro. “At high school, he would put a picture of his opponent on his mirror before the game and that’s what he’d look at while doing his hair,” his mom, Ruth, says.

This Saturday, two of Aaron’s greatest fans will ignore their Colorado ties and root for the other team. Ruth says, “Black and gold. We have jerseys with his name and number on them and we’re going to wear those.”

Aaron’s jersey is retired at Sierra High School and he’s in the high school’s Hall of Fame.

Aaron’s mom is going to be at Mile High watching her son take on the Broncos this Sunday on KKTV 11 News.