A Story of Faith, Family Food, and Football


May 6, 1936 – November 6, 2020
A Founding Mother of PFPMA

In December 1997, Lutisha Smith, along with Edith Thomas (Derrick Thomas’s mother), and  nine other faithful mothers, a movement was birth that would later lead to the founding of the Professional Football Player’s Mother’s Association (PFPMA).  Lutisha, was a single mother of three children, Neil, Sandra, and Kevin.   She loved God, her children,  cooking and football.  Lutisha was a Certified Nurse’s Aid who worked two-three jobs at a time to make sure her family had what they needed until her son made it to the NFL.

Lutisha was the epitome of a “TEAM MOM”.    When her son, Neil Smith’s team, The Kansas City Chiefs, traveled from Kansas City to play the New Orleans Saints, Lutisha invited the entire team on bus loads to dinner.   She shared her love and southern hospitality.   Her  famous sweet potato pie landed on air as a national sports commentator requested her to send her a pie.   The nation watched that day as he cut into the pie declaring its goodness on national tv.   Lutisha shared her love of cooking with the world, when she pinned her book In The Kitchen With Lutisha, Cooking With A Mother’s Love.   After Neil was traded to the Denver Broncos, Lutisha  and her daughter Sandra continued to travel across the country supporting the team.   Lutisha passed away November 6, 2020.   Her loss is felt by PFPMA, her family and friends.  We honor Lutisha’s memory today as one of PFPMA’s founding mothers.

(Photographs used with permission from Sandra London)