Ed Smith (defensive end)

Ed Smith
Date of birth (1950-10-23) October 23, 1950
Place of birth Nassau, Bahamas
Career information
Position(s) Defensive end
College Colorado College
NFL draft 1973 / Round: 13 / Pick: 319
Career history
As player
1973–1975 Denver Broncos
Career stats

Edwin Alexander Smith (born October 23, 1950) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League for the Denver Broncos. He is better known for being the first player born in the Bahamas to be drafted in the NFL. He played college football for Colorado College.

Early years

Smith attended St. Augustine's College in the Bahamas, where he practiced basketball and track. He started playing American football as a junior at George Washington High School (Denver, Colorado). He was a three-year starter at defensive end and a Kodak All-American at Colorado College, where he also practiced rugby.[1]

In 2009, he was inducted into the Bahamas National Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Smith was selected in the 13th round (319th overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, becoming the first player in league history from the Bahamas to be drafted.

As a rookie, he was a raw player and needed to add more weight, so he played in only 5 games and spent most of the season on the inactive list. The next year he started in 3 games. In 1975, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a career-ending neck injury, missing all of the season. He retired before the start of the 1977 season.

Personal life

His son Alex also played in the National Football League.[2]


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