Jerry Smith (American football coach)

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Jerry Smith
Football card illustration of Smith wearing a number 73 Wisconsin Badgers jersey and no helmet
Smith on 1952 Bowman football card
No. 69, 61
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1930-09-09)September 9, 1930
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio
Date of death: August 6, 2011(2011-08-06) (aged 80)
Place of death: San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Dayton (OH) Chaminade
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 8 / Pick: 94
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: 2–3 (.400)
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Jerome Anthony Smith (September 9, 1930 – August 6, 2011) was an American football player and coach. Jerry was born in Dayton, Ohio and attended Chaminade High School, graduating in 1948. At Chaminade he played tight end and later in 1982 was elected to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

After Smith's college football career, which he spent at Wisconsin, the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) selected Smith in the 1952 NFL Draft. He played at left guard for the team in 1952 and 1953. In 1956, he split time between the 49ers and Green Bay Packers. Smith played in 29 games during his NFL career.[2]

Beginning in 1960, he joined the Boston Patriots as a coach of the team's defensive linemen and linebackers. Two years later, he took a similar role with the Buffalo Bills; in his six years as a Bills coach, the team won two American Football League championships.[3] In 1968, the Cleveland Browns hired Smith as an assistant personnel director.[4] From 1969 to 1970, Smith coached in the New Orleans Saints organization. The following year, he became the Denver Broncos' offensive line coach.[3] On November 17, 1971, Broncos head coach Lou Saban, who had also been Smith's boss in Boston and Buffalo, resigned and Smith was named his replacement for the season's last five games.[3][5] The Broncos posted a 2–3 record under Smith.[6] Following the 1971 season, he became the Houston Oilers' defensive line coach for 1972; after one season, he returned to the Browns and served multiple roles.[4]


  1. ^ "Chaminade Julienne High School Athletic Hall of Fame" (PDF). Chaminade Julienne High School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Jerry Smith". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ a b c Mossman, John (1971-11-18). "Smith Is 'Flabbergasted' In Replacing Saban". The Owosso Argus-Press. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ a b "New Job for Jerry Smith". The Milwaukee Journal. 1973-02-16. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Lou Saban Resigns As Coach At Denver". Bangor Daily News. Associated Press. 1971-11-18. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Jerry Smith". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-06-06.