Riley Smith (American football)

Riley Henry Smith (July 14, 1911 – August 9, 1999) was an American college and professional football player who was a quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) during the late 1930s. He played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team of the University of Alabama, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American. After his NFL career ended, he became a coach.

Riley Smith
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Personal information
Born:July 14, 1911
Carrollton, Mississippi
Died:August 9, 1999 (aged 88)
Mobile, Alabama
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Columbus
(Columbus, Mississippi)
NFL Draft:1936 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:58
Receiving yards:300
Passing yards:290
Total touchdowns:8
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Smith was born in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1911. He originally attended and played high school football for Greenwood High School, but then moved to Columbus, Mississippi and played at Columbus High School.[1]

College career

Smith attended the University of Alabama, where he played quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He was passer and runner, but could also block, punt, kick extra points and boot field goals.[1] In 1935, he was part of the team that won the Rose Bowl, was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, and also won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the Southeastern Conference.[1] Smith played in the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game.

Professional career

Smith was the second player chosen (behind Jay Berwanger) in the first-ever 1936 NFL Draft. In 1936 and 1937 he missed only three minutes in 26 Redskin games, but an injury ended his playing career early.[1]

After football

After retirement, Smith became a football coach at Washington and Lee University, where he was an assistant coach in 1939 and head coach 1940-42.[1] He then served in the Navy as Lieutenant commander from 1942 to 1945 and became a real estate developer in Mobile, Alabama.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Riley Smith's College Football HOF profile". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 28, 2014.

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Riley (given name)

Riley is a unisex given name, which first appeared as Raghallach, which was originated on a man who died in the Battle of Clontarf. Its source gives its meaning as "valiant" Like RILEY Ellem.Riley in the United States is mostly a girl's name. In 2017, it was the twenty-fifth most popular girl's name, and the 253rd most popular boy's name. The opposite is true for the UK, where it is primarily a boy's name, being the fortieth most popular name given to baby boys in 2016.Riley is also a popular surname. The surname's first variant is Ó Raghallaigh (Descendent of/Of Raghallach) which was later adapted in English as O'Reilly which itself has been anglicised into "Reilly". The surname "Riley" is a translated version of Reilly; which evolved over time.

It currently is #8 in England and Wales, #9 in Northern Ireland, #15 in Scotland, #30 in Australia and New Zealand, #64 in Canada, #156 in the United States, and #198 in the Netherlands.


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