Chuck Smith (defensive end)

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Chuck Smith
No. 90, 91
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-12-21) December 21, 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth: Athens, Georgia
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 58.5
Interceptions: 3
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

Charles Henry Smith, III (born December 21, 1969) is a former American football player and coach. He played college football at the University of Tennessee and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Atlanta Falcons from 1992 to 1999 and the Carolina Panthers in 2000. Smith spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach as his Alma mater, Tennessee. He also has worked as a radio host in Atlanta.

In the 2016 Emmy nominated TV Analyst Chuck Smith is one of the most recognizable Georgian's in sports history. In 2017 he was chosen by the Atlanta Falcons as a Legend of the Dome. In 2014 Chuck received three of the highest honors a Georgia Citizen can achieve:

Atlanta NCAA Humanitarian Award, Public Service Award by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, honored as a Georgia Legend.

Chuck will be honored as a SEC Football Legends in an annual award program of the Southeastern Conference designed to honor outstanding former college football players from each of the conference's fourteen member institutions.

High School and College years[edit]

He's a member of his High School Alma Mata Clarke Central Wall of Fame, and a member of the Athens Hall of Fame, National Jr. College Hall Of Fame attending NE Oklahoma.

His willingness to do his best earned him a scholarship at the University of Tennessee,where in 2004 he was honored as a Vol Legend. At Tennessee, His team won 1990 Southeastern Conference Championship before beating Virginia in the Sugar Bowl. Chuck went on his Senior Season being named a unanimous All-SEC choice leading the conference in sacks, playing in the Fiesta Bowl and being named MVP of the 1991 Senior Bowl All Star Football game. His stellar play helped In making a childhood dream come true.

Professional Playing Career[edit]

Being selected in the 2nd Round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.For eight seasons in Atlanta, from 1992 to 1999, Smith established himself as an All-Pro defensive end. His favorite team as a kid. A 5X Pro Bowl Alternate, 3X NFL Defensive Player of the Week, he's has been presented 35 game balls by Teammates & Coaches in his Atlanta Falcon career. Named All Pro in 1997. He was quoted on draft day 1992, Atlanta Journal Constitution "My goal as a Atlanta Falcons is to help get the Falcons to the Superbowl and be a leader in the Atlanta Community and throughout the State of Georgia".

He did that and more in his 8 year Atlanta Falcons career being first named MVP in NFL Semi Final Playoff Game vs the SF 49ers, also the NFC Championship vs the 1998 Minnesota Vikings. In a poll in 2007 on Atlanta Radio 790 The Zone. Chucks game changing play stripping the ball from 1998 NFC Offensive Player of the Year Vikings Qb Randall Cunningham as the Greatest Play in Franchise history by the Falcon fans. Leader of the legendary "Bomb Squad" 1997-98 Falcons Defensive Line. He is 5x Captain helping the Falcons to there first and only Super Bowl appearance in 1998. Chuck was the winner of the NFL's Unsung Hero Award in 1997, In 2000 he ended his Falcons Career with 116 NFL Starts top 10 at the time, #1 All Time in Sacks, #1 Sacks in single game, # 2 Fumble Recoveries, #1 Forced fumbles, upon retirement was voted as a member of the Falcons All-time team and best defensive lineman in team history by the fans.

Life After Playing Career[edit]

A love of Disc Jockeying as a kid led Chuck after his NFL career to balance TV & Radio. Learning how the media impacts the players. Working along side some of the top shows in America. Co-Hosting shows on Atlanta Power CBS Radio's V-103 Frank & Wanda, Radio Ones Ryan Cameron Morning Show 97.5, 790 The Zone Monsters Of The Midday, Contributing his opinion to National Radio Shows around the Country. Chucks engaging TV personality helped him host TV shows on WSB TV (abc), correspondent on Nancy Grace, FOX SEC TV, CBS46, NBC 11alive, Comcast. Chuck works part time for Sports Radio 92.9 as co-host of "The Football Show" CBS Radio. Fox5 Atlanta's weekly Football show "Play to Win" and doing color commentary on Georgia Public Broadcasting Friday Night High School Football Broadcasts.

When you think Chuck, think give back. Chuck is a member of Advisory Board of the Gwinnett County School System, Gwinnett Medical Center Concussion Advisory Board. The Gwinnett Medical Foundation Board. He is a Gwinnett Rotarian and Philanthropist supporting Charities and Causes throughout the State of Georgia, and around the World. Annual host of the Boys and Girls of Athens Annual Fundraiser "Steak & Steak Dinner" and was a Board Member of Capitol Campaign Drive in 2003. Summer 2013 kicked off Chucks Dream starting CFL "Champions For Life" Program in Clarke County with his corporate partners Peach State Federal Credit Union to teach kids the importance of Financial Literacy and Making healthy nutritional choices. He is on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, Gwinnett HOF selection committee, Athens Boys and Girls Club, and Hi-Hope Center (adults with disabilities), has completed 3 year term on Athletic Board at University of Tennessee. He was recently appointed to serve on the Rising Seniors Foundation Board helping kids reach their Football Dreams. He was named MVP Spokesman for the 4th year by the Dairy Farmers of America's And NFL's Fuel Up To Play 60 program. He's done motivational speaking for Coca Cola, Rotary, University Of Alabama, Red Cross, Elementary, Middle and High Schools, College & Pro teams, companies across Georgia. His willingness to give back have garnered such awards as Source Magazine community award, Bronner Brothers, Boys & Girls Club Award, Icon Award from Usher Raymond's Camp New Look, Service of The City Award Frank Ski Kids Foundation.

Considered one of the most innovative Front 7 Defensive Line/OLB Skill & Technique trainers in football. From consulting Robert Quinn and Michael Strahan & Robert Mathis to training Von Miller, Coaching Cam Johnson or Ray Lewis, training Robert Mathis to working with Datone Jones, john Jenkins to Calvin Pace, Mike Catapano & Caraun Reid. Albert Haynes worth, Richard Seymour, Halota Ngata to Aaron Donald, to Stephon Tuitt to Desmond Bryant, Osi Umenyiora or Geno Adkins to Dee Ford, to Michael Johnson, Melvin Ingram and Robert Ayers, To Jarvis Jones to Ryan Shazier, Shun Rogers to Jarrett Johnson, to Timmy Jernigan, Shane Ray, Markus Golden, Danny Shelton, Rodney Gunter, Bruce Irvin, Mike Devito, Kris Jenkins, Adrian Clayborn, Wallace Gillberry, Carlos Dunlap, Derrick Morgan, Bart Scott, Charles Johnson, Kony Ealy, Randy Gregory, Robert Ayers, John Hughes just to name a few old and new. All have used either consulting & teaching, training from the Master Skill Trainer simply known as "Dr. Rush"

As a football Coach Chuck got started in 2007 minority coaching program with the Baltimore Ravens.He's been a Assistant Defensive Line Coach/Consultant in the NFL for the NY Jets. Head Dline Coach Tennessee Volunteers in College. As well as a Camp Consultant for the Oakland Raiders in 2011.

In 2014-15 consults NFL & College Teams on Pass Rush Technique & Development. As well as the work with College & the NFL's best Pass Rushers.

Chuck started Defensive line, Inc a training, consulting, defensive line & pass rush development company in 2002 to help develop the next generation of dominant Front 7 Play makers.

The goal is MASTERING Front 7 Skills & Movement. Chuck developed and created "The VGHH System" of developing productive play makers in the Front 7. The VGHH System is being used across the Football landscape.

Dline, Inc believes and has proven what it teaches is the most important part of becoming a productive DL or LB is developing and mastering Vision, Get Off, Hands, Hips. Football Players, Coaches, Teams, Media, Parents, Fans at all levels Chuck's goal is to help develop the Front 7 Defensive Line, Inside & Outside Linebackers).

Considered one of the elite Front 7 Skill NFL Combine & Pass Rush + LB Coverage Specialist in Football. He's at the forefront of the Development of multiple position specific drills to improve all Front 7 Athletes. In 2013-14 his company Defensive Line, Inc worked in conjunction with NFL Operations on creating a new system of drills training hybrids (DE/LB).

Trained 5 Senior Bowl MVP/Practice Player Of The Week (2009–14) he's trained & consulted 1,000 + athletes Youth, Middle, High, College, Pro & NFL Athletes.

Chuck has worked for Football University, Next Generation Youth Camps as a Lead Defensive Line/LB Coach & Instructor trained consulting High, Middle, Youth Parents, Football Players & Coaches across the United States.

What to Notice since 2011[edit]


*4 NFL DL /LB 1st Rounders


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*2 NFL DL/LB 3rd Rounders

*1 NFL DL/LB 4th Rounder


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*5 NFL DL/LB 1st Round Draft Picks.

*5 NFL DL/LB 2nd Round Draft Picks.

*3 NFL DL/LB 3rd Round Draft Picks.

*2 NFL DL 4th Round Draft Picks.

*3 NFL DL 5th Round Draft Picks.


*2 NFL 1st Rounders

*2 NFL 2nd Rounders

*3 NFL 4th Rounders

Chuck's Family[edit]

Chuck is married to his wife Mynique of 15 years and have 3 children, Chuckie 13, Maddox 10. Giavani 21 attends Alabama A&M University. The Smith Family reside in Suwanee, Ga.

Chuck Hobbies[edit]

Personally, Chuck loves fishing, riding off-road vehicles with his son's, playing dominoes, grilling on his Green Egg and listening to music also working out. He loves playing video games, Board Games, Basketball, Reading, Tailgating and Golf.


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