Daryl Smith

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Daryl Smith

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Smith with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015
No. 51Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-03-14) March 14, 1982
Place of birth: Albany, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Albany (GA) Dougherty
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Pro (2011)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2016
Total tackles: 1,062
Sacks: 30.5
Interceptions: 12
Forced fumbles: 13
Fumble recoveries: 6
Defensive touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Daryl Lamont Smith[1] (born March 14, 1982) is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia Tech. Smith has also played for the Baltimore Ravens.

College career

Daryl Smith attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. At Georgia Tech, Smith was a four-year letterman and a team captain who led the team in tackles for two of his four years. He started 44 of 46 games while at Georgia Tech, recording 383 tackles, 15 sacks, and three interceptions.[2]

Professional career

Jacksonville Jaguars

Smith was drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his rookie season, he started 13 games and played in 15, but was slowed by a knee injury in the middle of the season. However, he still managed to finish eighth on the team in tackles with 78, and record two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. Has started 90 of 92 games and missed only three games due to injuries.

He earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the first week of the 2010 NFL Season for a performance against the Denver Broncos that included 7 tackles and an interception that sealed the win for the Jaguars.[3]

On November 28, 2010, Smith became the Jacksonville Jaguars all-time leader in tackles, surpassing former safety Donovin Darius.

Daryl Smith has passed the 100 tackle mark in seven straight years as of 2011.

Smith missed the first six games of the 2012 season due to injury. He was placed on the injured reserve-designated for return list on October 25, meaning he was eligible to return in week 15. He returned to play the New England Patriots in week 16 and recorded four tackles.

Smith became a free agent on March 12, 2013.

Baltimore Ravens

Smith signed a one-year contract with the defending Super Bowl XLVII champions Baltimore Ravens on June 5, 2013.[4] The signing was meant to strengthen the Ravens' Inside Linebacker core following Ray Lewis' retirement, and losing Dannell Ellerbe to free agency. Smith soon took control of the starting job. During Week 3 of the regular season, Smith had his first interception return for a touchdown in a 30–9 victory against the Houston Texans. On December 9, 2013, he broke Ray Lewis' franchise record for most pass deflections in a single season (17) with 19. Smith ended his first season in Baltimore with a team leading 123 tackles and erased any doubts about his ability to still play at a high level after the injury that kept him sidelined most of the 2012 season.[5]

On March 14, 2014, his 32nd birthday, Smith re-signed with the Ravens on a four-year, $16.1 million contract.[5]

Daryl Smith recorded 118 tackles, 3 sacks, and an interception in the 2015 season for the Baltimore Ravens. On March 3, 2016, Smith was released by the Ravens.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On March 17, 2016, Smith signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[6]

Personal life

Smith lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Ramee Smith, and two children, Daryn and Caleb.


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