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#31: Bruce Smith | The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players (2010) | NFL Films
Published: 2016/05/12
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1990 Bruce Smith
1990 Bruce Smith's 19 sacks
Published: 2015/04/07
Channel: Andy Provin
Bills Draft Bruce Smith and Andre Reed in 1985 to Build a Dynasty | Caught in the Draft | NFL Films
Bills Draft Bruce Smith and Andre Reed in 1985 to Build a Dynasty | Caught in the Draft | NFL Films
Published: 2015/04/17
Channel: NFL
Thunder and Destruction - Bruce Smith
Thunder and Destruction - Bruce Smith
Published: 2014/10/06
Channel: Ian Ward
Bruce Smith, "Swagger Is Earned" | NFL
Bruce Smith, "Swagger Is Earned" | NFL
Published: 2015/11/10
Channel: NFL
Bruce Smith highlight of all time
Bruce Smith highlight of all time
Published: 2013/11/30
Channel: knighteyes262
Super Bowl Snapshots: Bruce Smith
Super Bowl Snapshots: Bruce Smith's SAFETY in Super Bowl XXV | NFL
Published: 2015/10/13
Channel: NFL
Bruce Smith Bad Things
Bruce Smith Bad Things
Published: 2007/02/11
Channel: Brian Lopez
Bruce Smith Highlights
Bruce Smith Highlights
Published: 2016/04/26
Channel: Krang Kraves Anguiano
Little Giants -  Bruce Smith scene
Little Giants - Bruce Smith scene
Published: 2013/09/18
Channel: Chris Landry
For All YOU BRUCE SMITH FANS  ha ha ha
For All YOU BRUCE SMITH FANS ha ha ha
Published: 2010/10/11
Channel: MrPhordprefect
Bruce Smith Hall of Fame Football Defensive End
Bruce Smith Hall of Fame Football Defensive End
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: WhoWhat
Watch: Bruce Smith Jersey Retirement Ceremony
Watch: Bruce Smith Jersey Retirement Ceremony
Published: 2016/09/18
Channel: Buffalo Bills News
Bills legend Bruce Smith on his jersey retirement
Bills legend Bruce Smith on his jersey retirement
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: SB Nation
NFL
NFL's Merchants of Menace - Cornelius Bennett and Bruce Smith
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: Ian Ward
Aldon Smith - Game Changer
Aldon Smith - Game Changer
Published: 2011/04/30
Channel: bonstonkers49ers
Bruce Smith says Myles Garrett can be an impact player as a rookie for the Browns
Bruce Smith says Myles Garrett can be an impact player as a rookie for the Browns
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: Cleveland Browns on cleveland.com
Bruce Smith on EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills - Inside the NFL
Bruce Smith on EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills - Inside the NFL
Published: 2013/10/09
Channel: SHOWTIME Sports
Reggie White (DE, Eagles, Packers) Career Highlights | NFL
Reggie White (DE, Eagles, Packers) Career Highlights | NFL
Published: 2015/04/03
Channel: NFL
This is Virginia Tech Football - Bruce Smith
This is Virginia Tech Football - Bruce Smith
Published: 2014/11/30
Channel: Virginia Tech Athletics
Andy Fox speaks with retired NFL football player Bruce Smith
Andy Fox speaks with retired NFL football player Bruce Smith
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: WAVY TV 10
NFL legend Bruce Smith makes his predictions for the 2016 season
NFL legend Bruce Smith makes his predictions for the 2016 season
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: SB Nation
Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
Published: 2010/12/10
Channel: jeff karnick
Watch: Bruce Smith Number Retirement Presser
Watch: Bruce Smith Number Retirement Presser
Published: 2016/09/18
Channel: Buffalo Bills News
(NFL) Every Super Bowl Safety
(NFL) Every Super Bowl Safety
Published: 2017/04/02
Channel: Savage Brick Sports
Bills to retire Bruce Smith
Bills to retire Bruce Smith's No. 78 jersey; just second retired number
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: My Trends Video
Myles Garrett talks about advice from Bruce Smith
Myles Garrett talks about advice from Bruce Smith
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: Cleveland Browns on cleveland.com
Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett talks about his relationship with NFL legend Bruce Smith
Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett talks about his relationship with NFL legend Bruce Smith
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: George Thomas
Former NFL Player BRUCE SMITH
Former NFL Player BRUCE SMITH
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: ImageEntertainmentVA
Bruce Smith Jersey Number Retired
Bruce Smith Jersey Number Retired
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Knix
NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith Joins First Take
NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith Joins First Take
Published: 2014/05/25
Channel: ESPN First Take
Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bruce Smith at Andre Reed
Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bruce Smith at Andre Reed's Charity Golf Event
Published: 2011/07/20
Channel: shamrockcustomlux
Bruce Smith Retirement Celebration May 11, 2016
Bruce Smith Retirement Celebration May 11, 2016
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: AerospaceNetwork
bruce smiths hall of fame induction part 1
bruce smiths hall of fame induction part 1
Published: 2009/08/09
Channel: crosbymalkin26
Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Superflynn315
Mike Damergis with Former Bills DE Bruce Smith
Mike Damergis with Former Bills DE Bruce Smith
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: MadSports Media - Mike Damergis
Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith's induction speech
Published: 2006/11/02
Channel: conace21
Hall of Fame defensive end talks about serving as mentor to Browns Myles Garrett
Hall of Fame defensive end talks about serving as mentor to Browns Myles Garrett
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: George Thomas
2006 Bruce Smith Interview
2006 Bruce Smith Interview
Published: 2012/09/07
Channel: Daniel Nesselbush
Buffalo Bills - Bruce Smith
Buffalo Bills - Bruce Smith's jersey retired
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Deanna King
Bruce Smith to have his jersey retired
Bruce Smith to have his jersey retired
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: WKBW TV | Buffalo, NY
Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: David Spada
Eagles QB Randall Cunningham eludes Bruce Smith and throws 95 yard TD pass 12/02/1990
Eagles QB Randall Cunningham eludes Bruce Smith and throws 95 yard TD pass 12/02/1990
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: Cinema Insiders
Bruce Smith Addresses Claims of Discrimination
Bruce Smith Addresses Claims of Discrimination
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: The Virginian-Pilot
Former NFL Superstars Head Back 2 Camp | 2017 NFL Training Camp | NFL Network
Former NFL Superstars Head Back 2 Camp | 2017 NFL Training Camp | NFL Network
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: NFL Network
Pro Football Hall of Fame - Bruce Smith Pt. 1
Pro Football Hall of Fame - Bruce Smith Pt. 1
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: raynepacificmedia
Top 5 Defensive Ends in NFL History
Top 5 Defensive Ends in NFL History
Published: 2013/06/14
Channel: Wrestling Radio
Bruce Smith and the Virginia Tech Family
Bruce Smith and the Virginia Tech Family
Published: 2007/10/19
Channel: CBS
Bruce Smith, NFL Legend, Talks Health
Bruce Smith, NFL Legend, Talks Health
Published: 2008/04/13
Channel: Ed Sykes
#40: O.J. Simpson | The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players (2010) | NFL Films
#40: O.J. Simpson | The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players (2010) | NFL Films
Published: 2016/06/24
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Bruce Smith
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Smith at the 2009 Pro Bowl
No. 78
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-06-18) June 18, 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Norfolk (VA) Washington
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1,225
Sacks: 200.0
Forced fumbles: 43
Interceptions: 2
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Bruce Bernard Smith (born June 18, 1963) is a former American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was a member of the Buffalo Bills teams that played in four consecutive Super Bowls as AFC champions. The holder of the NFL career record for quarterback sacks with 200, Smith was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009, his first year of eligibility.[1] Smith was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

High school and college careers[edit]

Smith is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, where he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Following an all-state high school career, Smith accepted an athletic scholarship to Virginia Tech. Known as "The Sack Man" (both on and off the field) of Virginia Tech football, Smith finished his college career in 1984 as the most honored player in Hokie history. Anticipating his future success in pursuing quarterbacks in the NFL, he had a career total of 71 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, for losses totaling 504 yards. Smith had 46 career sacks, including 22 during a junior season in 1983 that saw him named First-team All-America by the AFCA (Coaches) and Newspaper Enterprise Association. In 1984, Smith capped off his tenure in Blacksburg with the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top lineman, and a consensus selection to the All-America Team.

Professional football career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Following this stellar collegiate career, Smith was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the first pick of the 1985 NFL Draft. (Concurrently he was also selected by the Baltimore Stars in the 1985 USFL Territorial Draft but spurned the United States Football League advances and decided to play in the NFL instead, even as the Stars were a championship caliber team and the Bills were on the brink of collapse.) After a rookie season in which his poor training habits limited his effectiveness, inspiration from teammate Darryl Talley and finding love with a college counselor whom he eventually married inspired him to improve his game.[2] He quickly became known as a sack specialist, with 15 in 1986 and a personal season-best 19, just three short of the then-NFL record of 22, in 1990. By 1989, Smith, in notching his 52nd sack, had already become the Bills' all-time sack leader, claiming a team record that he was to raise 119 times over the years. Some conjecture that his 171 sacks in Buffalo set a standard that "may be unreachable" for future Bills.[3] Also in 1989, Bruce Smith signed an offer-sheet with the Denver Broncos for $7.5 million over five years, but the Bills matched the offer to retain him.[4] In 1990, his defensive performance helped bring the Bills to Super Bowl XXV, though they eventually lost to the Bill Parcells-led New York Giants. Still, Smith had an impressive performance in the game. He sacked Jeff Hostetler in the end zone in the second quarter, becoming only the fifth player to record a Super Bowl safety. Later, Smith forced New York to turn the ball over on downs by tackling running back Ottis Anderson for a two-yard loss on a fourth down conversion attempt. Only a failed last-second field goal attempt kept the team from its first NFL championship (see Wide Right (Buffalo Bills)).

In 1991, though Smith's knee problems forced him out for most of the season, the Bills once again reached the Super Bowl. In 1992, in much better health, he was again a First-team All-Pro and was voted to the Pro Bowl while recording a team-leading 14 sacks.

By 1996, though the Bills' run of Super Bowl appearances had ended, Smith was still putting up prolific numbers, with 90 tackles and 14 sacks. In 1997, Smith had 65 tackles and 14 sacks and by 1998, although he was getting older he still had a respectable 50 tackles and ten sacks.

Smith, along with Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas, was dumped from the Bills roster in an emergency salary cap measure after the 1999 season.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Smith signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent. In his first season, he posted 58 tackles and ten sacks, although he was now playing in mostly passing situations. He pressed onward in pursuit of Reggie White's all-time sacks record (198, achieved in 15 seasons), which he passed in Week 14 of the 2003 NFL season by sacking New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer in a 20-7 win at Giants Stadium.[5] Smith finished his career with 200 career sacks, the only person ever to reach the 200 sack mark.

Smith had hinted in interviews that 2003 would be his final season, but never completely ruled out continuing to play. However, on February 24, 2004, the Redskins released Smith, saving $6.5 million in salary cap space.[6]

Honors[edit]

In his 19 NFL seasons, Smith played in 279 games, amassing 200 sacks, two interceptions, 46 forced fumbles, and 15 fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a 33-yard touchdown. Of his 19 seasons in the NFL, 13 of them were seasons where he had at least ten sacks, a testament to his consistency year in and year out. He was also named All-Pro nine times. His 200 sacks give him the record for most career quarterback take-downs. As Smith spent most of his career in a 3–4 defensive scheme, a defensive scheme not geared toward creating sack opportunities for defensive ends, many consider the record particularly impressive.[3] Indeed, Smith's peers elected him to the Pro Bowl every season from 1987 to 1998 (with the exception of his injury-laden 1991 season). In 1987, he was named the Pro Bowl MVP. Smith was twice named the AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1996), twice named the NEA Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1993) and four times named UPI's AFC Defensive Player of the Year (1987, 1988, 1990, 1996).

In 1999, while still an active player, Smith was ranked number 58 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. In 2005, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. In 2006, Smith was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

On August 13, 2008, he was part of the inaugural class to be inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, an institution honoring athletes, coaches and administrators who made contributions to sports in Southeastern Virginia. Smith was inducted onto the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame during halftime of the Bills' September 21, 2008 game against the Oakland Raiders.

In a particularly rich weekend for the Bills organization, Smith was joined in 2009 induction to the Hall of Fame by Buffalo Bills owner and founder, Ralph Wilson, Jr. Smith's former defensive coordinator, Ted Cottrell, the architect of the sack-rich Buffalo years, served as his presenter during induction.

On May 11, 2016, the Bills announced they were retiring Smith's #78. No player had worn the number since Smith left the team. His number was retired in a halftime ceremony on September 15, 2016 during a game against the New York Jets.

Post-football life[edit]

Smith lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Having returned to his home state, Smith works as a large-scale hotel designer, undertaking many projects with Armada Hoffler. Most recently, he returned to Blacksburg, the site of his collegiate successes, where he purchased the Red Lion Inn. He built a Hilton Garden Inn Hotel with 137 sleeping rooms and is working on redeveloping the site (Smith's Landing, hotel and restaurant complex).[7] A Baptist, he is a member of Queen Street Baptist Church in Norfolk. Smith and his wife Carmen have a son, Alston.

Smith also works with Thurman Thomas in their new business venture, Legends Energy Group. They promote energy programs across North America.

Smith, with Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas and Jim Kelly would be the subject of the 30 for 30 film - Four Falls of Buffalo.[8][9]

Smith was arrested on May 15, 2009 and convicted on July 9, 2009 with driving under the influence, speeding, and refusing to take an alcohol breath test. Smith has two previous DUI arrests.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Class of 2009 announced, Official Site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-01. . Retrieved February 1, 2009.
  2. ^ http://bills.buffalonews.com/2016/05/11/marv-levy-remembers-bruce-smiths-turnaround-overweight-self-indulgent-didnt-great-practice-habits/
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Allen (August 19, 2009), "Bruce Smith: A rare talent: Bills legend's consistency and durability place him among the best defensive ends ever", Buffalo News 
  4. ^ http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1989-03-24/sports/8903240188_1_bruce-smith-denver-broncos-smith-signing
  5. ^ LITSKY, Frank. "PRO FOOTBALL; With No. 199, Smith Becomes Sack Leader". NY TImes. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Redskins cut four, including Smith". ESPN Sports. February 24, 2004. Retrieved January 22, 2009. 
  7. ^ Manese-Lee, Manese (May 11, 2007). "Red Lion Inn site plans become official". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved January 22, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ http://espn.go.com/30for30/film?page=fourfalls
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 21, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (July 9, 2009). "Smith to appeal DUI conviction". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Reggie White (198)
NFL record for sacks in a career
2003–current (200)
Succeeded by
Current

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