Rick Smith (American football executive)

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For the College football coach, see Rick Smith (American football).

Rick Smith is currently the General Manager of the Houston Texans of the NFL.


Rick Smith played for the Purdue Boilermakers as a strong safety. He graduated from that institution, where he served as a coach. After this stint, he coached for a month at Texas Christian University before going to the NFL.

He became the General Manager of the Houston Texans on June 5, 2006 succeeding Charley Casserly in that role. According to the Texans website, he is responsible for all aspects of football operations, salary cap management and budgeting. In 2008, he was given a contract extension through 2012.[1] He previously was with the Denver Broncos organization as a coach then in the front office.[2]

Rick Smith is an executive board member of Pro-Vision, a Houston charter school and non-profit organization in Houston that provides educational, job-training, and mentoring services to boys and girls aged 10–18.

College experience[edit]

  • 1988-1992 Strong Safety - Purdue
  • 1992-1993 Graduate Assistant, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator - Purdue
  • 1993-1994 Graduate Assistant, Tight Ends Coach - Purdue
  • 1994-1996 Secondary Coach - Purdue
  • 1996 (2 months) Coach - TCU

NFL experience[edit]

  • 1996-2000 Assistant Defensive Backs Coach - Denver Broncos
  • 2000-2006 Director of Pro Personnel - Denver Broncos
  • 2006-2012 General Manager - Houston Texans
  • 2012-Present General Manager and Executive Vice President - Houston Texans

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