Jimmy Smith (wide receiver)
|Date of birth:February 9, 1969|
|Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan|
|College: Jackson State|
|NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36|
|Debuted in 1992 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Last played in 2005 for the Jacksonville Jaguars|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
High school years
Jimmy Smith attended Jackson State University and played wide receiver.
- 1990: 42 catches for 894 yards with 9 TD
- 1991: 43 catches for 801 yards
He spent two injury-plagued seasons with Dallas. After missing much of the 1992 season with a broken leg, early in 1993 he underwent an emergency appendectomy which led to a severe infection and was nearly fatal.
He was signed by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in February 1995 after head coach Tom Coughlin saw the talent that Smith possessed, perhaps as a result of the efforts of Smith's mother, who sent Coughlin a binder of Smith's press clippings. In 1996, Smith emerged as a dominant receiver on a Jaguars team that made an improbable appearance in the AFC Championship Game. He continued to be a key member of the Jaguars offense and helped lead the team to playoff appearances for four straight years (from 1996 to 1999). In 2001, Smith was found to have benzoylecgonine, a by-product of cocaine, in his system after being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. He denied using cocaine and was not charged with any crime since he was not found to be impaired while driving. The incident did place Smith into the NFL's substance-abuse program and in 2003, he was handed a four-game suspension for an undisclosed additional violation.
On May 11, 2006, Smith announced his retirement from the NFL. He finished his career seventh in NFL history with 862 catches and 11th in league history with 12,287 yards. He had 67 career touchdown catches with the Jaguars. Smith had been voted to the Pro Bowl five straight times from 1997 to 2001. He is also the Jacksonville Jaguars all-time leading receiver, having led the team in receiving every season from 1996-2005. He also set team records with 116 receptions and 1,636 yards in 1999, both career highs. His career high in touchdowns was eight, achieved in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
As of 2010, the only players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with more career receiving yards than Smith are Jerry Rice (22,895), Art Monk (12,721) Steve Largent (13,089) and James Lofton (14,004); only Monk and Rice have more catches.
- Most games with at least 5 receptions in a season - 16 (every game in 2001) (Since tied by Antonio Brown and Pierre Garçon)
- Most consecutive games with at least 5 receptions - 21
- Most games with at least 49 receiving yards in a season - 16 (every game in 2001)
Jaguars franchise records
- Most career receptions (862)
- Most career receiving yards (12,287)
- Most receiving touchdowns (69)
- Most receptions in a single season: 116 (1999)
- Most receiving yards in a single season: 1,636 (1999)
- Most seasons with 100+ receptions (2)
- Most seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards (9)
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In April 2009 Smith was arrested for multiple drug charges. Since then, he has been through rehab and made an effort to make a difference in other peoples' lives through the Jimmy Smith Foundation.
Jimmy Smith was sentenced to serve six years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections after being convicted of drug and weapons charges. According to Mississippi DOC records, Smith was scheduled to serve two years for "possession of a firearm by a convicted felon" and four years for possession of cocaine. Smith began his sentence on March 29, 2013. Although his tentative release date was November 8, 2018, Smith was released on July 2, 2013 on the condition of house arrest.
- "Jimmy Lee Smith". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- Jimmy Smith Arrested for Drug Possession
- Jags' Smith tests positive for cocaine in traffic stop
- Smith's suspension adds to Jaguar pain
- Jaguars receiver Smith decides to retire
- "Jimmy Smith Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- Gregg Rosenthal (July 2, 2013). "Jimmy Smith, former Jacksonville Jaguar, out of prison". NFL.
- Jimmy Smith Foundation and Athletics Website
- Career Stats on NFL.com
- Career Stats on Jaguars.com
- Career Stats on PFR
- Career Stats on Database Football
- J.S. on the 2000 playoffs
- Quotes about Jimmy Smith