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Published: 2017/06/05
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NFL Primetime, Minn at Pitt, 9/24/95, 40 Yard Shoeless TD
NFL Primetime, Minn at Pitt, 9/24/95, 40 Yard Shoeless TD
Published: 2015/08/13
Channel: SportsOnTheSide
robert smith vikings 56 yard Touchdown floppy sock!
robert smith vikings 56 yard Touchdown floppy sock!
Published: 2007/02/22
Channel: armywhores
Robert Smith Remembers the Metrodome
Robert Smith Remembers the Metrodome
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: Tim Nelson
1998 Minnesota Vikings Highlights Mashup | NFL
1998 Minnesota Vikings Highlights Mashup | NFL
Published: 2016/07/23
Channel: NFL
Robert Smith on Viking Memories, Dalvin Cook, More
Robert Smith on Viking Memories, Dalvin Cook, More
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: Minnesota Vikings - MEDIA VAULT
Robert F. Smith
Robert F. Smith's Top 10 Rules For Success
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: Evan Carmichael
Vikings vs. Cowboys (Week 13, 2000) | Randy Moss Burns the Cowboys Part 2 | Classic Highlights | NFL
Vikings vs. Cowboys (Week 13, 2000) | Randy Moss Burns the Cowboys Part 2 | Classic Highlights | NFL
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: NFL
Robert Johnson- Crossroad
Robert Johnson- Crossroad
Published: 2007/04/13
Channel: shogun coredump
Robert Smith football highlights
Robert Smith football highlights
Published: 2010/05/27
Channel: RJRS1408
Robert Smith Highlights
Robert Smith Highlights
Published: 2010/08/01
Channel: RJRS1408
Robert Smith #47 Highlights NFL DRAFT PROSPECT 2015
Robert Smith #47 Highlights NFL DRAFT PROSPECT 2015
Published: 2015/01/08
Channel: Robert Smith
Jim Ross Calls Robert Smith Hit Against Wake Forest
Jim Ross Calls Robert Smith Hit Against Wake Forest
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: clemson2311
Robert Smith FR Season Highlights - Woodland HS 2007 Season
Robert Smith FR Season Highlights - Woodland HS 2007 Season
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: The Inside Blitz
Robert Smith 2009
Robert Smith 2009
Published: 2010/07/07
Channel: chriseypooh
6 Running backs That Retired Too Early In The NFL
6 Running backs That Retired Too Early In The NFL
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: choo choo highlights
The Big Show Interview with Robert Smith on 97.1 The Fan
The Big Show Interview with Robert Smith on 97.1 The Fan
Published: 2011/08/12
Channel: WBNSradio
Robert Faircloth Running Back
Robert Faircloth Running Back
Published: 2011/09/23
Channel: jdansmith
Robert Smith running 100 yard dash
Robert Smith running 100 yard dash
Published: 2013/03/17
Channel: Haley Lewis
Crystal Castles - Not In Love ft. Robert Smith of The Cure
Crystal Castles - Not In Love ft. Robert Smith of The Cure
Published: 2010/10/26
Channel: Crystal Castles official
Senior running back Robert Lowe on leading the team into Florida State
Senior running back Robert Lowe on leading the team into Florida State
Published: 2015/09/02
Channel: TxStateBobcats
Ashton (#54) fights off blocker and tackles Miles College running back for a loss.
Ashton (#54) fights off blocker and tackles Miles College running back for a loss.
Published: 2015/09/21
Channel: Robert L Smith
Robert Montanez #8 Class of 2014 Linebacker / Running Back. 2013 Highlights Hoboken Redwings
Robert Montanez #8 Class of 2014 Linebacker / Running Back. 2013 Highlights Hoboken Redwings
Published: 2014/01/06
Channel: Dan Clifford
Randy Moss & Vikings Torch the Cowboys | Thanksgiving 1998 | NFL Full Game
Randy Moss & Vikings Torch the Cowboys | Thanksgiving 1998 | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: NFL
Dennis Green Dead at 67
Dennis Green Dead at 67
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Sports Dog
1997 FOX NFL Sunday Pregame Show (Week 9)
1997 FOX NFL Sunday Pregame Show (Week 9)
Published: 2015/10/13
Channel: HRTVFan2
Robert Kelley Preseason Week 3 Highlights ᴴᴰ || Washington Redskins
Robert Kelley Preseason Week 3 Highlights ᴴᴰ || Washington Redskins
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: HTTR TJ
1993 Houston Oilers Replay | vs Vikings | Ep. 2
1993 Houston Oilers Replay | vs Vikings | Ep. 2
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: PX1Sports
FSU To Move S Karlos Williams To RB
FSU To Move S Karlos Williams To RB
Published: 2013/09/07
Channel: latestupdatednewsyou13
Psypher by Robert Smith - Dude That
Psypher by Robert Smith - Dude That's Cool Magic
Published: 2010/10/11
Channel: Dude Thats Cool Magic
KONGOS - Come with Me Now
KONGOS - Come with Me Now
Published: 2012/07/31
Channel: KONGOS
Robert Marshall the best uncommited runningback in texas
Robert Marshall the best uncommited runningback in texas
Published: 2010/01/15
Channel: marfam62
Assembling My Ultimate Minnesota Vikings QB-RB-WR Triplets!
Assembling My Ultimate Minnesota Vikings QB-RB-WR Triplets!
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: Purple FTW! Podcast
Gavin the 2yr old running back
Gavin the 2yr old running back
Published: 2012/10/06
Channel: Robert Smith jr
Robert Alford ran fastest speed by ballcarrier,  22.60 mph (2015 season)
Robert Alford ran fastest speed by ballcarrier, 22.60 mph (2015 season)
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: PrincessOfTheSummer
JOHNNY LAW "Running Back" on UpLate Austin, May 12, 2014
JOHNNY LAW "Running Back" on UpLate Austin, May 12, 2014
Published: 2014/05/14
Channel: roio420
2013 NFC Championship: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks | NFL Full Game
2013 NFC Championship: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/12/30
Channel: NFL
Groth Music
Groth Music's Todd (TJ) Johnson creates the Gjallarhorn for the Minnesota Vikings
Published: 2012/01/30
Channel: Groth Music
Dalvin Cook Rookie Minicamp Highlights
Dalvin Cook Rookie Minicamp Highlights
Published: 2017/05/06
Channel: Minnesota Vikings - MEDIA VAULT
616 Why are you Addicted? Robert Smith shares Faster EFT which can help your life!
616 Why are you Addicted? Robert Smith shares Faster EFT which can help your life!
Published: 2012/10/14
Channel: Robert Gene, Faster EFT, FasterEFT & Eutaptics
Minnesota Viking 1998 team .m4v
Minnesota Viking 1998 team .m4v
Published: 2010/12/19
Channel: nickthebigmanbuckeye
Robert Burns Sophomore/Junior Highlights
Robert Burns Sophomore/Junior Highlights
Published: 2016/02/17
Channel: RichtEra
Robert Kraft   I Trust Tom Brady, Never Lied To Me   ESPN First Take
Robert Kraft I Trust Tom Brady, Never Lied To Me ESPN First Take
Published: 2015/05/30
Channel: aboni5
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is the most overrated rookie running back
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is the most overrated rookie running back
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: Matt Kelley - RotoUnderworld Fantasy Football
Football University Running Back Coach Robert Ford
Football University Running Back Coach Robert Ford
Published: 2011/11/19
Channel: Football University
How Persistence Got Robert F. Smith a College Internship in High School
How Persistence Got Robert F. Smith a College Internship in High School
Published: 2015/05/13
Channel: Gerris
R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly
R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly
Published: 2013/10/29
Channel: RKellyVEVO
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
Published: 2009/03/05
Channel: vanillaiceVEVO
Trailer Park Boys on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Trailer Park Boys on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Published: 2016/03/29
Channel: Jimmy Kimmel Live
2013 DL/RB Robert Nkemdiche 2012 Season Highlights
2013 DL/RB Robert Nkemdiche 2012 Season Highlights
Published: 2013/01/04
Channel: Prep1Force
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Robert Smith
No. 20, 26
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-03-04) March 4, 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth: Euclid, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Euclid (OH)
College: Ohio State University
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing Yards: 6,818
Average: 4.8
Touchdowns: 32
Player stats at NFL.com

Robert Scott Smith (born March 4, 1972) is a college football analyst for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network. He is also a former American football running back who played college football at Ohio State University and professionally with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).

High school[edit]

While at Euclid High School, Smith became the first player to win Ohio's Mr. Football Award twice (in 1988 and 1989). As a junior, he gained 1,564 yards on 177 rushes (8.8 yards per carry) and averaged 31 yards on 10 punt returns. As a senior, he gained 2,042 yards on 203 carries and scored 31 touchdowns and was awarded the Bobby Dodd National Back of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. During his Panthers' career, he rushed for a total of 5,038 yards on 548 carries with 67 touchdowns.[1]

College[edit]

Smith narrowed his college choices to the University of Miami, the University of Southern California, UCLA and Ohio State, choosing Ohio State. In his two seasons with the Buckeyes, Smith ran for a total of 1,945 yards. He led the Buckeyes in rushing in 1990 and 1992, with a personal-best 1,126 yards in 1990. He averaged 88.4 yards per game and rushed for 18 touchdowns.[2]

He sat out the 1991 football season, switching to a track and field scholarship. For the Buckeyes' track team, he posted a personal-best time of 10.24 seconds in the 100 meters.[3][4] He seriously considered transferring to either USC or Stanford University to play football. But Ohio State coach John Cooper had kept the door open for Smith to return to the Buckeyes' football team, and Smith finally returned to play in 1992.[5]

NFL[edit]

Smith was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (21st overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. Although he suffered from a number of ailments in his first few seasons, he finally broke through in 1997, gaining 1,266 yards. Smith's finest year as a pro came in the 2000 season, leading the NFC in rushing with 1,521 yards. He retired at the end of the season, despite being at the peak of his career.

In eight NFL seasons, Smith rushed for 6,818 yards and 32 touchdowns, along with 178 receptions for 1,292 yards and 6 touchdowns, and only fumbled nine times. He also returned 1 punt for 4 yards and 19 kickoffs for a total of 460 yards. Smith wore number 20 as a rookie in 1993, but switched to number 26 when it became available in 1994 and wore it until his retirement.

Records[edit]

NFL[edit]

  • Second all-time Minnesota Vikings record for career rushing yards (6,818). Passed by Adrian Peterson on September 9, 2012. The previous record was 5,887; which was set in 1979 by Chuck Foreman.[6]
  • Holds the all-time NFL record for average yards per touchdown run at 27.2

After retirement[edit]

Smith retired after only eight seasons in the NFL. He walked away from the game to pursue a career in medicine as well as to avoid any serious injuries. He has maintained a mostly private life since his retirement. He has mainly appeared as a guest on the ESPN news program Outside the Lines, as well as a College Football analyst on various ESPN programs alongside regulars Rece Davis, Mark May, and Lou Holtz. Smith also works on the NFL Network as an analyst and has appeared on The Score to discuss the NFL.

In May 2016, Smith left ESPN to work for Fox Sports and is currently a College Football analyst on Fox Sports & The Big Ten Network.

Smith founded the Robert Smith Foundation, a charity whose goal is to "provide financial and moral support for Children's hospitals and cancer research."

Smith made a cameo appearance in the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was in Season 8 Episode 3 The Mole People. He played a scantily clad, mute "hunk" given to Pearl (the series' antagonist) as a present by her minions.

2004 saw publication of Smith's book The Rest of the Iceberg: An Insider's View on the World of Sport and Celebrity. In it he discussed his background, his time at Ohio State and the NFL, and why he retired. He also analyzed the obsession placed on sports stars by the public.

Salon.com wrote in 2006 that Smith is an atheist.[7]

Smith is one of the amateur astronomers featured in science writer Timothy Ferris's 2007 PBS program, Seeing in the Dark, based on his 2002 book of the same name.

On November 1, 2013, Smith openly admitted to fighting alcoholism during his playing career on ESPN during an interview on SportsCenter. He explained he sought counseling and has been sober since the birth of his son, and that his family is his daily motivation to stay sober. He also appeared on ESPN's First Take with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless talking about his stint as an alcoholic.[8]

References[edit]

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