Antowain Smith

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Antowain Smith
Antowain Smith in 2006.jpg
Antowain Smith during a Houston Texans preseason game in 2006.
No. 23, 32
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-03-14) March 14, 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth: Millbrook, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Millbrook (AL) Elmore
College: Houston
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 1997 for the Buffalo Bills
Last played in 2005 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 6,881
Average 3.9
Touchdowns 54
Stats at NFL.com

Antowain Drurell Smith (born March 14, 1972) is a former American Football running back in the National Football League who played nine NFL seasons, most notably with the New England Patriots. At 6'2", 232 pounds, Smith's powerful running style made him an effective runner between the tackles.

High school career[edit]

Smith attended Stanhope Elmore High School in Millbrook, Alabama and played football only in his senior year.[1]

College career[edit]

Smith worked in a factory for two years before enrolling at East Mississippi Junior College in 1993. At East Mississippi, Smith was a JUCO All-American running back. In 1995, Smith transferred to the University of Houston and played two seasons on the Houston Cougars football team at running back. In 21 games with Houston, Smith rushed for 1,847 yards and 19 touchdowns. Among records set by Smith include the longest touchdown in school history at 96 yards and six touchdowns in one game.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Antowain Smith was drafted in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. In his rookie season Smith ran for 840 yards and 8 touchdowns with also catching 28 passes. The next season Smith ran for 1,124 yards and again scored 8 times, although his yards per carry dropped from 4.3 to just 3.7.[2] Smith gained just 27 total yards in the Bills first round playoff loss in 1998. The next season was disappointing and saw Smith score 6 times while rushing for just 614 yards. He did manage to run for 79 yards and two scores in the Bill's first round playoff game but the Bills still lost to the Titans. Having fallen out of favor with the coaching staff Smith ran for just 354 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2000.[3]

The next season Smith rejuvenated his professional career when he joined the New England Patriots. He ran for 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns in the regular season. He also ran for 204 yards in the playoffs as the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI. Smith's numbers dropped off a bit in 2002 as he ran for 982 yards and 6 touchdowns. He did get more involved in the passing game however, and caught 31 balls including 2 touchdowns. 2003 was Smith's final season in New England and he managed just 642 yards, although he still led the team in rushing. His play improved in the playoffs that year as he ran for 252 yards and 2 scores as Smith and the Patriots won their second Super Bowl Championship.

Smith joined the Titans for 2004 and he ran for 509 yards. It was the only season in his career in which he failed to record a single 100 yard game. Smith played his final NFL season in 2005, with the New Orleans Saints, running for 659 yards and 3 scores. For his career Smith played in 131 games, running for 6,881 yards and 54 touchdowns, good for 50th and 44th on the all-time lists respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Antowain Smith". Houston Texans. Archived from the original on November 9, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Antowain Smith". Online Database. NFL. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Antowain Smith Statistics". online database. NFL. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
Preceded by
Kevin Faulk
New England Patriots leading rusher
2001-2003
Succeeded by
Corey Dillon