Riley Smith (American football)

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Riley Henry Smith
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1911-07-14)July 14, 1911
Place of birth: Carrollton, Mississippi
Date of death: August 9, 1999(1999-08-09) (aged 88)
Place of death: Mobile, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Columbus (MS)
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1936 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Debuted in 1936 for the Boston Redskins
Last played in 1938 for the Washington Redskins
Coaching debut in 1939 for the Washington and Lee Generals
Last coached in 1942 for the Washington and Lee Generals
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1938
Rushing carries 45
Rushing yards 58
Receptions 18
Receiving yards 300
Passing yards 290
Total touchdowns 8 (2 rushing; 3 receiving; 3 passing)
Stats at NFL.com

Riley Henry Smith (July 14, 1911 – August 9, 1999) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He was the second player taken in the 1936 NFL Draft and was the first player that was signed from the draft that played in the NFL. He played college football at the University of Alabama.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1911. He originally attended and played high school football at Greenwood High School, but then moved to Columbus, Mississippi and played at Columbus High School.[1]

College career[edit]

Smith attended and played college football at the University of Alabama, where he was a quarterback, but could also block, punt, kick extra points and boot field goals.[1] In 1935, he was part of the team that won the Rose Bowl, was named an All-American teams, and also won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the Southeastern Conference.[1] Smith played in the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game.

Professional career[edit]

Smith was the second player drafted (behind Jay Berwanger) in the first ever NFL Draft. In 1936-37 he missed only three minutes in 26 Redskin games, but an injury ended his playing career early.[1]

After football[edit]

After retirement, Smith became a football coach at Washington and Lee University, where he was an assistant coach in 1939 and head coach 1940-42.[1] He then served in the Navy as Lieutenant commander from 1942 to 1945 and became a real estate developer in Mobile, Alabama.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Riley Smith's College Football HOF profile". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 

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