Derek Smith (linebacker)

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Derek Smith
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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1975-01-18) January 18, 1975 (age 43)
American Fork, Utah
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: American Fork
(American Fork, Utah)
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (1996)
  • Matt Hazeltine Award (2003)
  • Bill Walsh Award (2005)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1,095
Sacks: 13.5
Interceptions: 4
Player stats at

Derek Mecham Smith (born January 18, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona State.

Smith also played for the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.

College career[edit]

At Arizona State University, Smith was good friends with Pat Tillman and was a teammate to Jake Plummer.

Professional career[edit]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Smith played for the Redskins for four years from 1997 to 2000.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Smith then signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2001. He played with the team through 2007 before being waived on February 19, 2008.[1]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On February 24, 2008, the Chargers signed Smith to a two-year contract.[2] He was released ten weeks into the regular season on November 12 after running back Michael Bennett was claimed off waivers.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Smith was signed by the Miami Dolphins on December 22, 2008.[3]