Charlie Smith (wide receiver)

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Charlie Smith
No. 85
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-07-26) July 26, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth: Monroe, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Grambling State
Undrafted in 1973
Debuted in 1974 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 1981 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 1981
Receptions 218
Receiving Yards 3,349
Receiving TDs 24
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Charles Albert Smith (born July 26, 1950) is a former American football wide receiver. He played eight seasons (1974–1981) in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Grambling State University.

Professional career[edit]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Smith signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams following the 1973 NFL Draft. At the beginning of the 1973 season, the Rams released Smith, and attempted to re-sign him for the 1974 season. Smith did not re-sign with them, because he knew that all the Rams' receivers would be coming back the following season, and Lance Rentzel would be back after being suspended for the season.[1]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Smith thought he would have a better chance at making the Philadelphia Eagles' team, and signed with them. Eagles wide receiver Harold Carmichael, who attended Southern University, was Smith's rival in college due to their teams playing in the same conference. Eagles defensive end Ricky Harris played with Smith at Grambling State.[1]

In 1974, Smith returned four punts for seven yards and did not catch any passes. In 1975, Smith became the Eagles starting wide receiver alongside Carmichael. Smith caught 37 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns in his first season as a starter. He also rushed for 85 yards on nine carries. In 1976, Smith caught 27 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns. He had nine carries for 25 yards and one touchdown. In 1977, Smith made 33 receptions for 464 yards and four touchdowns. He also had two carries for 13 yards. In 1978, he caught 11 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. He made 24 catches for 399 yards and one touchdown in 1979.[2]

In 1980, Smith had the best season of his career, hauling in 47 passes for 825 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed five times for 33 yards. In Super Bowl XV against the Oakland Raiders, Smith caught two passes for 59 yards.[1] In his final season in 1981, Smith made 38 receptions for 564 yards and four touchdowns, along with two rushes for five yards.[2]

Smith caught 218 passes for 3,349 yards and 24 touchdowns in the eight seasons of his career.[1]

After football[edit]

From 1985 to 2005, Smith was a high school football head coach in his hometown of Monroe, Louisiana, mostly at Wossman High School. Since 1988, Smith has been Wossman High School's track coach.[1]

Personal[edit]

Smith is married to his wife, Bernice, and has two sons, Charles, Jr. and Eric, and five grandchildren.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Gehman, Jim (January 16, 2010). "Where Are They Now: WR Charles Smith". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Charlie A. Smith". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-01-16.