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Dennis Smith
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Position(s)
Safety
Jersey #(s)
49
Born February 3, 1959 (1959-02-03) (age 50)
Santa Monica, California
Career information
Year(s) 19811994
NFL Draft 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
College USC
Professional teams
Career stats
INT 30
INT yards 431
Sacks 15
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Dennis Smith (born February 3, 1959 in Santa Monica, California) is a retired American football safety who wore number 49 for the National Football League's Denver Broncos between 1981 and 1994.

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High school career

Smith played high school football as a wide receiver and defensive back at Santa Monica High School (Samohi). Dennis Smith was a great prospect who went on to be a Pro Bowl player. But at that time his standard as a player was to emulate Dennis Thurman, who had been such an outstanding player previously at Samohi in 1974 who also later starred at USC and Smith would eventually follow Thurman as a freshman to run track and play football at USC as a safety. Smith also ran on the track & field team at Santa Monica and broke the HS high jump record (which has since been eclipsed) in 1977. He was coached by Tebb Kusserow who has also coached other NFL notables such as Dennis Thurman, Junior Thurman, Mel Kaufman, Pat O'Hara, Dean Cain (TV's Superman), Glyn Milburn, Sam Anno, Damone Johnson and many others. Smith has alo been inducted into the Santa Monica High School Hall of Fame for athletes and has had his number "symbollically" retired by the school.

College career

Smith was a consensus All-America choice as a senior at USC in 1980. He played in two Rose Bowls for the USC Trojans. He played in a secondary which included 3 future NFL All-Pro's: himself, the San Francisco 49ers' Ronnie Lott, and the Minnesota Vikings' Joey Browner. Smith was a consensus All-America choice as he lettered four times in football and three times in track. He posted 205 career tackles and 16 interceptions. He was inducted into the USC Ring of Fame in 2001. Smith played at Southern California (1977-1980) for John Robinson in a star-studded defensive backfield and is a member of the USC team that won the national championship in 1978.

Professional career

Smith established himself as one of the most feared and hardest hitting safeties in the NFL (a reputation later held by his protege, Steve Atwater). Smith was voted to play in six Pro Bowls (following the 1985-1986, 1989-1991 and 1993 seasons), was named All-AFC in 1984 and 1988 and played on three Broncos Super Bowl teams (XXI, XXII, XXIV), and was named All-Pro 4 times.

Smith’s career totals include 1,171 tackles, 30 interceptions and 15 sacks. He posted a career- high five interceptions in 1991.

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Accomplishments

  • 2001 - Smith was inducted in the Ring of Fame
  • 2006 - Smith was inducted in the Colorado Hall of Fame
  • Ranks 4th all-time amongst Denver Broncos in games played with the franchise with 184.
  • Named the club's most inspirational player in 1992.

Personal

Dennis and his wife, Andree', own and manage a number of properties in Southern California, and also give their time and financial support to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Covenant House, a home for kids in need. The Smiths reside in Hollywood Hills, California. Recently, Dennis, his wife, and daughter Tiffany Diamond were featured on an episode of MTV's Parental Control.

As of 2009 Dennis is currently filming a Television Pilot titled "Hopelessly Awkward" with his daughter Tiffany Diamond and son Armani Joseph.

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