Bob Smith (American football)

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Bob Smith
No. 40
Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1925-08-20)August 20, 1925
Place of birth: Ranger, Texas
Date of death: March 1, 2002(2002-03-01) (aged 76)
Place of death: Flower Mound, Texas
Career information
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 24 / Pick: 219
(By the Washington Redskins)
Debuted in 1948
Last played in 1954
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Offensive yards 246
Interceptions 33
Touchdowns 3
Stats at

James Robert "Bob" Smith (August 20, 1925 – March 1, 2002) was an American football defensive back and halfback in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions. He also played in All-America Football Conference for the Buffalo Bills, Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Chicago Hornets. Smith played college football at the University of Iowa and was drafted in the 24th round of the 1947 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

Smith holds the Lions record for longest interception return after scoring on a 102-yard return against the Chicago Bears in 1949.[1]