Fred Smalls

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Not to be confused with Fred Small (American football).
Fred Smalls
Date of birth (1963-01-17) January 17, 1963 (age 52)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker & Fullback
College West Virginia
NFL Draft 1986 / Round: 7 / Pick: 182
Career history
As player
NFL San Diego Chargers
NFL Philadelphia Eagles
AFL Pittsburgh Gladiators
AFL Washington Commandos
AFL Albany Firebirds
Career stats

Fred Smalls (born January 17, 1963) ia a former American football linebacker who played in the Arena Football League and collegiately for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Collegiate career[edit]

Smalls, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, enrolled at West Virginia University in 1982 under head coach Don Nehlen. In his freshman season, Smalls recorded 6 tackles, a fumble recovery. In his sophomore season, he recorded 13 tackles and a pass break-up as a backup.

In 1983, Smalls earned the starting position. That junior season, he recorded 87 tackles, 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery, and two sacks. As a senior, in 1984, Smalls totaled 97 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and 3 sacks.

Professional career[edit]

Smalls was selected in the 7th round, 182nd overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 1986 NFL Draft. He played 3 games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987.

In 1990, Smalls moved to the Arena Football League and began playing with the Pittsburgh Gladiators. He only spent a short part of 1990 with the Gladiators, recording 5 tackles. He then moved to the Washington Commandos, where he played fullback along with linebacker. He finished the season with 18 tackles and a sack on defense with the Commandos and 3 receptions for 25 yards and 12 rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown on offense.

In 1991, Smalls played with the Albany Firebirds. That season, his last in professional football, Smalls recorded 4 tackles and a sack.

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