Tody Smith

Lawrence Edward Smith (December 24, 1948 – July 18, 1999) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills. He played college football at the University of Southern California.

Tody Smith
No. 85, 70
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:December 24, 1948
Frankfurt, Germany
Died:July 18, 1999 (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Beaumont (TX) Charlton-Pollard
College:USC
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:69
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Smith was a prep All-American at Charlton-Pollard High School, where he played for his father W.R. Smith. He acquired his nickname in a junior high school Spanish class, from "El Toro" (bull), because he was the largest boy in his class.

College career

He attended Michigan State University, before transferring to the University of Southern California after his sophomore year,[1] where he became a standout defensive tackle and a member of the original "Wild Bunch".[2]

Smith teamed in the defensive line with Al Cowlings, Jimmy Gunn, Willard "Bubba" Scott, and Charlie Weaver to form in 1969 "The Wild Bunch," which was key for USC to compile a 10-0-1 record and a No. 3 ranking after a victory over the Michigan Wolverines in the 1970 Rose Bowl.

The Wild Bunch was a hit movie in 1969 and it was Cowlings who dubbed the defensive line 'The Wild Bunch' for their reckless abandon and hard-nosed style of play. Playing in an era of powerful running games, they allowed just 2.3 yards per carry and a league-low 95.6 rushing yards a game.

Smith was one of the five USC African American starters (along with Sam Cunningham, Jimmy Jones, Clarence Davis and Charlie Weaver), that played against an all-white University of Alabama football team, winning 42-21 in Birmingham on September 12, 1970. This game was historically significant, because it was a factor in convincing the University of Alabama and its fan base to accelerate the integration of its football team.[3]

He played two seasons (1969–70) for the Trojans. In 1969, he was honorable-mention All-PAC-8 and in 1970 he was a second-team All-American, even though he played only four games as a senior, after spraining an ankle in the second game.

There is a statue of him and the other four "Wild Bunch" defensive linemen at USC's Heritage Hall.[4] He also appeared in the famed gunslinger photo of the five of them.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Smith was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st round (25th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft, after dropping because of an ankle injury he suffered in college. This injury limited him to only 7 games during his rookie year. He spent the first seven games of the season on the team's taxi squad, but when he joined the regular roster, he showed the Cowboys he had a future in the NFL and even contributed in the Cowboys win in Super Bowl VI.

Although he had surgery during the off-season on an injured knee, head coach Tom Landry seemed convinced Smith had the capability to start in 1972. He had a disappointing second year where he only played 10 games.

On May 9, 1973, he was traded along with wide receiver Billy Parks to the Houston Oilers, in exchange for their first and third round draft picks in the 1974 NFL Draft.[5] For the first time in their history, the Dallas Cowboys would have the first overall draft choice which they used to select defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones, who would play a key role on the Cowboys Super Bowl teams in the 1970s. With the third round pick they acquired, the Cowboys selected quarterback Danny White, who became the starting quarterback during the 1980s after the retirement of Roger Staubach.

Houston Oilers

Smith was a starter for the Houston Oilers for the next 3 seasons, before being waived injured with an ankle sprain in 1976.

Buffalo Bills

On November 23, 1976, he was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills.[6] He played in only 2 games and retired at the end of the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On July 11, 1977, he was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was released before the season started on September 1st.[7]

Personal life

Smith's brother was actor and former NFL Pro Bowler Bubba Smith. Like his brother, Tody appeared in a few films, including The Hollywood Knights and eventually became his agent. Smith was married to Chae Castillo, a professional model/actress. They had a daughter (Rheo Smith) and a son (Dakota Castillo-Smith).

He died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles on July 18, 1999.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Li'l Brother Makes Name For Himself". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Make way for the Wild Bunch". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Turning the 'Tide". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Wild Bunch". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Houston Obtains Parks, Smith From Cowboys". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Tody Smith With Buffalo". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tampa Bay Releases Tody Smith". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Former Trojan Tody Smith Dies". Retrieved February 19, 2018.

External links

1970 College Football All-America Team

The 1970 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1970. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes six selectors as "official" for the 1970 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Central Press Association (CP), (4) Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (6) the United Press International (UPI).AP, UPI, NEA, and Central Press were all press organizations that polled writers and players. FWAA was also a poll of writers, as was the Walter Camp Foundation. The AFCA was a poll of college coaches. The Sporting News and Time polled football scouts and coaches. AP, UPI, NEA, Central Press, and The Sporting News chose both first and second teams. AP, UPI, NEA, and Central Press also listed numerous honorable mentions.

1970 USC Trojans football team

The 1970 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1970 college football season. In their 11th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 6–4–1 record (3–4 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for sixth place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 343 to 233. The team was ranked #15 in the final AP Poll and #19 in the final Coaches Poll.

On September 12, 1970, USC opened the season visiting the University of Alabama under coach Bear Bryant and became the first fully integrated team to play in the State of Alabama. The game, scheduled by Bryant, resulted in a 42–21 win for the Trojans. More importantly, all six touchdowns scored by USC team were by African-American players, two by USC running back Sam "Bam" Cunningham, against an all-white Crimson Tide team. The game hastened the racial integration of football at Alabama and in the South.Jim Jones led the team in passing, completing 121 of 234 passes for 1,877 yards with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Clarence Davis led the team in rushing with 214 carries for 972 yards and nine touchdowns. Bob Chandler led the team in receiving with 41 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns.

1971 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1971 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 12th in the National Football League and the first at the new Texas Stadium in suburban Irving, Texas. The club led the NFL with 406 points scored. Their defense allowed 222 points.

For the sixth consecutive season, the Cowboys had a first-place finish. They won their second-consecutive NFC championship, then defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI to capture their first Super Bowl championship. They were the first team from the NFC to win a Super Bowl since the 1970 merger of the National Football League and the American Football League, and subsequently, the first team from the NFC East division to win the title.

1971 NFL Draft

The 1971 National Football League draft was held January 28–29, 1971, at the Belmont Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York. It was the first time that three quarterbacks were selected with the three first draft choices. The Boston Patriots were renamed New England Patriots after the draft in March 1971.

1972 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1972 Dallas Cowboys season was their 13th in the league. The team failed to improve their previous output of 11–3, winning only ten games. They qualified for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season but settled for the wildcard spot. A pre-season injury to quarterback Roger Staubach and the trade of Duane Thomas (both had been integral figures in the 1971 championship team) hindered the offense (mitigated somewhat since their replacements, Craig Morton and Calvin Hill, were former starters). In the divisional playoff round, Staubach came off the bench to engineer an improbable 30–28 comeback win over the 49ers (Dallas had trailed by 28–16 with less than 2 minutes to play). The win over the 49ers still ranks as one of the all-time great Cowboys wins. However, the momentum could not carry them to a victory over Washington in the NFC Championship game.

1974 Houston Oilers season

The 1974 Houston Oilers season was the 15th season overall and fifth with the National Football League. The team improved upon their previous season's output of 1–13, winning seven games. Despite the improvement, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

1974 NFL Draft

The 1974 National Football League draft took place at the Americana Hotel in New York City, New York, on January 29–30, 1974. Each of the 26 NFL teams were granted 17 selections for a total of 442 picks.Many experts consider the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers to have had the best draft in NFL history as they selected four players later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster). The closest any other team has come to this success in a draft is the Dallas Cowboys’ 1964 draft, when three Hall of Famers were taken.The Houston Oilers had the first pick in the 1974 draft based on their one-win record in 1973, but they traded the first overall pick—as well as the first pick of the third round, #53 overall—to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for defensive end Tody Smith and wide receiver Billy Parks. Dallas used the two picks to select two future Pro Bowlers, defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones and quarterback Danny White.

This was the first NFL draft since 1938 to not have any quarterbacks taken in the first round, and one of only five. Along with 1988, it is the only draft where no quarterback was taken in the first two rounds, and 1974 is generally regarded as one of the worst quarterback draft classes of all time, with only fourth round pick Mike Boryla reaching the Pro Bowl, and even Boryla was out of the NFL by 1978.

Billy Parks

William James "Billy" Parks (January 1, 1948 – July 22, 2009) was an American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and Houston Oilers. He played college football at Long Beach State University.

Bubba Smith

Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith (February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011) was an American professional football player, who starred as a defensive end in both college and the NFL before becoming an actor following his retirement from the sport.

Smith first came into prominence at Michigan State University, where he twice earned All-American honors on the Spartans football team. He had a major role in a 10–10 tie with Notre Dame in 1966 that was billed as "The Game of the Century." He is one of only three players to have his jersey number retired by the program. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.The first selection of the 1967 NFL Draft, Smith played nine years in the National Football League (NFL) with the Baltimore Colts (1967–1971), Oakland Raiders (1973–1974), and Houston Oilers (1975–1976). He was the Colts' starting left defensive end for five seasons, playing in Super Bowls III and V. He was named to two Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro in 1971. He had tremendous quickness despite being 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 meters) tall and weighing 265 pounds, (120.20 kilograms), a combination which usually earned him a double-team.During his acting career, Smith specialized in comedic roles in film, television, and television advertising. For about a decade following his retirement from football, he appeared in various commercials for Miller Lite. His best-known role was as Moses Hightower in the first six Police Academy movies.Smith was posthumously diagnosed with CTE, a neurological condition generally related to concussion and sub-concussive head trauma.

Charlie Weaver

Charles Earl Weaver, Jr. (born July 12, 1949) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL).

Clarence Davis

Clarence Eugene Davis (born June 28, 1949) is a former American football running back who played with the National Football League's Oakland Raiders from 1971 to 1978.

Ed "Too Tall" Jones

Ed Lee Jones (born October 21, 1950), commonly known as Ed "Too Tall" Jones, is a retired American football player who played 15 seasons (1974–1978, 1980–1989) in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys. In 1979, he briefly left football to attempt a career in professional boxing.

Jimmy Gunn

Jimmy Gunn (November 27, 1948 – April 11, 2015) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was born in Augusta, Arkansas. He prepped at Lincoln High School in San Diego.

Jimmy Jones (quarterback)

Jimmy Jones (born June 23, 1950) was an all-star quarterback in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Jones was a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC). He moved to Canada in 1973, and played for the Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders, and helped lead the Alouettes to a Grey Cup win in 1974.

List of Buffalo Bills players

This is a list of American football players who have played for the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). It includes players that have played at least one official game in an AFL or NFL regular season. The Buffalo Bills franchise was founded in the AFL in the 1960 and joined the NFL in 1970. The Bills played for three AFL Championships and won two. They have also had four Super Bowl appearances, but have yet to win one.

List of Dallas Cowboys first-round draft picks

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List of Dallas Cowboys players

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Orange, Texas

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Prairie View Interscholastic League

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