Russ Smith (running back)

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Russ Smith
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-08-04)August 4, 1944
Place of birth: Bronxville, New York
Date of death: April 1, 2001(2001-04-01) (aged 56)
Career information
College: Miami (FL)
AFL draft: 1966 / Round: 5 / Pick: 40
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards: 213-915
Receptions-yards: 23-265
Touchdowns: 10
Player stats at

Russell Conway Smith (August 4, 1944 – April 1, 2001) was a professional American football player who played running back for four seasons for the San Diego Chargers. He had played high school football and basketball for Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and college football at the University of Miami. Father of supermodel Amber Smith, who claimed on the third episode of the VH1 reality show Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew that Russ died as a result of a drinking problem. Amber also claimed on the episode that Russ was absent during much of her childhood; nonetheless, she was devastated over her father's death.[1]