Dwight Smith (American football)

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Dwight Smith
No. 26, 24
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-08-13) August 13, 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Central High School,
Detroit, Michigan
College: Akron
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
Debuted in 2001 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 2008 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 117
Games started 83
Tackles 449
Interceptions 23
Forced fumbles 10
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Dwight L. Smith (born August 13, 1978) is an American former college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the University of Akron, and earned consensus All-American honors. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked him in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and he also played professionally for the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions of the NFL. Smith earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Early years[edit]

Smith was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Central High School in Detroit, and played high school football for the Central Trailblazers.

College career[edit]

He attended the University of Akron, where he played for the Akron Zips football team from 1997 to 2000. As a senior in 2000, he had 10 interceptions and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American at defensive back along with being a finalist for the Thorpe Award.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Smith began his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2001 to 2004. Smith's career highlight came in the Bucs' 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, in which Smith intercepted two passes from quarterback Rich Gannon, returning both for touchdowns. He was the first player ever to score 2 touchdowns on interception returns in Super Bowl history.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Before the 2005 season he signed with the New Orleans Saints and played for them for a season.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Smith signed a three-year deal with the Vikings in July 2006. On February 20, 2008 the Vikings released him.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On February 27, 2008 he signed with the Detroit Lions. He will receive $5 million over 2 years. The deal reunited Smith with Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli and defensive coordinator Joe Barry, both of whom were assistants on the Tampa Bay staff when the veteran safety spent the first four seasons of his NFL career as a standout Bucs' defender.

Smith was released by the Lions on February 9, 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.

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