Jimmy Smith (wide receiver)
|Date of birth:||February 9, 1969|
|Place of birth:||Detroit, Michigan|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||213 lb (97 kg)|
|High school:||Jackson (MS) Callaway|
|NFL draft:||1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Smith attended Jackson State University and played wide receiver. He became a starter as a junior, teaming with Tim Barnett, becoming the top receiving duo in Division I-AA, while registering 42 receptions for 894 yards and 9 touchdowns. In his final year he had 43 catches for 801 yards and 3 touchdowns. He finished his college career with 110 receptions, 2,073 yards and 16 touchdowns. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
In 2011, he was named to the Jackson State University All-Century team.
Smith was selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie he broke his right fibula during the Dallas Blue-White Scrimmage and recovered to play in just seven games as a special teamer, without registering a reception.
In 1993, he was leading the team in pre-season receptions and was one of the candidates for the third receiver job. On August 24, he underwent an emergency appendectomy and later developed a severe post-surgical infection (causing four abscesses in his stomach) that was nearly fatal and forced him miss the entire season, including Super Bowl XXVIII. After being placed on a list for players with non-football related injuries, he had to go to arbitration to receive his full salary. He was waived on July 11, 1994, after he wouldn't accept a pay cut.
Smith was signed by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars after a tryout on February 28, 1995. He made the team after head coach Tom Coughlin saw his talents and perhaps also as a result of the efforts of Smith's mother, who sent Coughlin a binder of her son's press clippings. In 1995, he was the club's leader in kickoff returns and the fifth wide receiver.
The next year he became the starter after Andre Rison was released, following the eleventh game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would emerge as a dominant receiver, finishing with 1,244 receiving yards (led the AFC) and 7 touchdowns, while helping the team win its last five games and reach the AFC Championship.
His teammates gave him the nickname J-Smooth and would later be known with Keenan McCardell as "Thunder and Lightning", after a TV Guide photo shoot in 1997. Their history together was detailed in NFL Film's 2014 A Football Life: "Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith".
Smith continued to be a key member of the Jaguars offense and helped lead the team to playoff appearances for four straight years (from 1996 to 1999). In 1999, he helped make the Jaguars the best team in the NFL during the regular season, registering 1,636 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
In 2000, his best career game came against arguably one of the best defenses in NFL history, when he posted 15 receptions, 291 receiving yards (fifth in NFL history) and 3 touchdowns, against the eventual Super Bowl champion the Baltimore Ravens.
In 2001, he overcame three difficult intestine operations during the offseason, to remove scar tissue related to the appendectomy procedure he underwent in Dallas. On November 26, he was found to have benzoylecgonine (a by-product of cocaine) in his system after being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. He denied using cocaine and was not charged with any crime since he was not found to be impaired while driving. The incident placed him into the NFL's substance-abuse program.
On May 11, 2006, Smith abruptly retired from the NFL. He finished his career seventh in NFL history with 862 catches and 11th in league history with 12,287 yards. He had 67 career touchdown catches with the Jaguars. Smith had been voted to the Pro Bowl five straight times from 1997 to 2001. He is also the Jacksonville Jaguars all-time leading receiver, having led the team in receiving every season from 1996-2005. He set team records with 116 receptions (also led the league) and 1,636 yards in 1999, both career-highs. His career-high in touchdowns was eight, achieved in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
As of 2010, the only players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with more career receiving yards than Smith are Jerry Rice (22,895), Art Monk (12,721) Steve Largent (13,089) and James Lofton (14,004); only Monk and Rice have more catches.
- Most games with at least 5 receptions in a season - 16 (every game in 2001) Since tied by Antonio Brown and Pierre Garçon.
- Most consecutive games with at least 5 receptions - 21. Since broken by Antonio Brown.
- Most games with at least 49 receiving yards in a season - 16 (every game in 2001)
Jaguars franchise records
- Most career receptions (862)
- Most career receiving yards (12,287)
- Most receiving touchdowns (69)
- Most receptions in a single season: 116 (1999)
- Most receiving yards in a single season: 1,636 (1999)
- Most seasons with 100+ receptions (2)
- Most seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards (9)
|Year||Team||Games||Receptions||Yards||Yards per Reception||Longest Receptions||Touchdowns||First Downs||Fumbles||Fumbles Lost|
Smith and his wife Sandra currently reside in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi with their five children, Jimmy III ("Trey"), Jaden, Dalys, Dyson and Jayse. In September 2014, Trey accepted a football scholarship to the University of Louisville. His father Jimmy Smith Sr. played tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968.
In April, 2009, Smith was arrested for multiple drug charges. Since then, he has been through rehab and made an effort to make a difference in other people's lives through the Jimmy Smith Foundation.
In 2013, Smith was sentenced to serve six years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections after being convicted of drug and weapons charges. According to Mississippi DOC records, he was scheduled to serve two years for "possession of a firearm by a convicted felon" and four years for possession of cocaine. He began his sentence on March 29, 2013. Although his tentative release date was November 8, 2018, he was released on July 2, 2013 on the condition of house arrest.
- "Jimmy Lee Smith". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- Jimmy Smith Arrested for Drug Possession
- Jags' Smith tests positive for cocaine in traffic stop
- Smith's suspension adds to Jaguar pain
- Jaguars receiver Smith decides to retire
- "Jimmy Smith Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Ex-Jag Jimmy Smith imprisoned on gun, drug charges". NFL.com. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- Gregg Rosenthal (July 2, 2013). "Jimmy Smith, former Jacksonville Jaguar, out of prison". NFL.
- Jimmy Smith Foundation and Athletics Website
- Career Stats on Database Football
- Catching Fire Jaguars wideout Jimmy Smith, having rekindled a career that was near extinction