Ed Smith (tight end)
|No. 86, 89, 45|
|Date of birth:||June 5, 1969|
|Place of birth:||Trenton, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||253 lb (115 kg)|
|High school:||Pemberton Township High School|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Edward Martin Smith (born June 5, 1969) is a former American football tight end who played for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and Detroit Lions from 1997–1999. Prior to that, Smith played baseball in the minor league systems of the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland Indians. His brother is Irv Smith, also a former NFL tight end.
High school and baseball career
Smith grew up in the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township, New Jersey and played football and baseball at Pemberton Township High School before being drafted by the White Sox in the 7th round of the 1987 MLB Draft. He declined football scholarships to Penn State and Florida to begin his professional baseball career out of high school, and played in the White Sox minor league system from 1987–1991. He then played for the Brewers system from 1991–1993, the Cubs system in 1994, and the Indians system in 1995. His baseball career peaked at the Triple-A level in 1995 and ended following that season at age 26. Primarily a third baseman, Smith also played at first base and in the outfield later in his career.
Smith then began a career in professional football, playing at tight end with the Frankfurt Galaxy of the NFL Europe in 1996. He was signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad as a free agent in July 1996, where he remained for the rest of the season. In 1997, he was signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad and was promoted to the team's active roster during the season. His first game in uniform was against a New Orleans Saints team that included his brother, Irv. The brothers would again be on opposing teams in 1998, with Irv playing for the San Francisco 49ers. Smith won an NFC championship with the Falcons in 1998. He split the 1999 NFL season between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions, and his NFL career ended following that season. Smith then played for the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL during the league's only season in 2001.
In 2011, Smith became the host of his own sports show "EZ Sports Talk" on KXXT 1010 in Phoenix, AZ, and is the author of his autobiography "EZ Does It: The Journey of A Lifetime".
- Swan, Gary (26 September 1998). "Tight Ends All in the Family When 49ers, Falcons Meet". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- Staff. "BROTHERS SHARE THE KEY TO THEIR NFL SUCCESS \ IT'S SCHOOL, SAID ED AND IRV SMITH, PEMBERTON GRADS.", Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 1999. Accessed January 30, 2012. "At 6 feet, 4 inches and 253 pounds, Ed Smith, a tight end for the Cleveland Browns, is a force to be reckoned with. The same is said of his brother Irv, who at 6-foot-3 and 262 pounds will play the same position next season for the reborn NFL team. But when ``The Boss calls, ``we had better listen, said Ed Smith, 29, the older of the two brothers from Browns Mills."
- "Birmingham". Remember the XFL. Retrieved 2 August 2011.