Rick Smith (American football executive)

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For the College football coach, see Rick Smith (American football, born 1948).

Rick Smith is the General Manager of the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). Smith oversees all football-related operations and the player acquisition process as Houston Texans Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager. Smith is in his tenth season as General Manager and fourth as Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Named general manager by owner Bob McNair on June 5, 2006, Smith’s appointment made him the youngest general manager in the NFL at 36.


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 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. He had been with the Denver Broncos organization as a coach then in the front office.[1] In 2016, he was given a contract extension through 2020.[2]

Rick Smith is an executive board member of Pro-Vision,[3] a charter school and non-profit organization in Houston that provides educational services to children.

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


  1. ^ http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-extend-Rick-Smith-s-contract-8658177.php
  2. ^ Texans ink GM Rick Smith through 2012
  3. ^ "Pro-Vision, Inc. Board". Pro-Vision. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 

External links[edit]

  • "Rick Smith" at www.houstontexans.com. Retrieved December 16, 2015.