Lamar Smith (American football)

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Lamar Smith
No. 36, 26, 25
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-11-29) November 29, 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Career information
High school: Fort Wayne (IN) South Side
College: Houston
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 4,853
Average: 3.7
Touchdowns: 38
Player stats at

Lamar Hunter Smith (born November 29, 1970, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a retired professional American football running back. He played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers from 1994 to 2003. On December 30, 2000, Smith carried the ball a then NFL record 40 times for the Dolphins in a wildcard playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. He finished with 209 yards rushing, including a 17-yard touchdown run in overtime to give the Dolphins a 23-17 victory, Miami's most recent playoff victory as of the 2015 season.


Smith attended South Side High School in Fort Wayne. After high school, he attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and then the University of Houston on scholarship for his final two years. He was selected in the third round with the 73rd overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1994 NFL Draft.

Drunk driving[edit]

Smith was charged with vehicular assault in 1994. He was drinking and driving prior to a car wreck that left teammate Mike Frier paralyzed from the neck down. The prosecutor noted that he had drunk at least five beers and six-and-a-half ounces of Scotch shortly before his car struck a utility pole.[1] He pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in 1996, and served 60 days in a work-release program. He was also ordered to give 35 to 50 percent of his NFL earnings to Frier over a seven-year period.[2]

He was arrested on a second DUI charge in 2002 while playing for the Panthers.[3]

NFL Europe[edit]

In 2007, he participated in a coaching internship program with NFL Europe.[3]


  1. ^ "Lamar Smith Charged". New York Times. 4 February 1995. 
  2. ^ "Panthers Running Back Is Placed on Paid Leave". New York Times. 30 November 2002. 
  3. ^ a b Kelly, Omar (March 20, 2007). "Lamar Smith the Coach". Sun-Sentinel. 

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