Chris Smith
Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-23) June 23, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Bradenton, Florida
Career information
College: Northern Illinois
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* St. Louis Rams ( 2011 2012)
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
* AIF champion (2016)
Tackles     3
Tackles     13
Tackles     123.5
Interceptions     16
INT return yards     111
Forced fumbles     2
Total TDs     1
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at CFL.ca
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Chris Smith (born June 23, 1987) is an American football defensive back for the Atlanta Havoc of the American Arena League (AAL). He first enrolled Highland Community College before transferring to Northern Illinois University. He attended Palmetto High School in Palmetto, Florida.[1] Smith has been a member of the St. Louis Rams, Omaha Nighthawks, Tampa Bay Storm, Montreal Alouettes, Jacksonville Sharks and Columbus Lions.

College career[edit | edit source]

Smith recorded 41 tackles, six interceptions, 15 pass break-ups, forced two fumbles and blocked a kick for the Highland Scotties of Highland Community College in 2008. He was a second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference selection.[2]

He enrolled at Northern Illinois University in January 2009. Smith played in 26 games for the Northern Illinois Huskies from 2009 to 2010, starting 25.[2] He earned first-team All Mid-American Conference honors after recording 50 solo tackles, three interceptions and 15 knockdowns his senior season.[3]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

St. Louis Rams[edit | edit source]

Smith was signed by the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL) on July 27, 2011 after going undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.[4] He was released by the Rams on August 8, 2011. He was signed by the Rams on November 16, 2011.[4] Smith appeared in three games for the Rams in 2011, recording three tackles.[1] He was released by the Rams on April 30, 2012.[5]

Omaha Nighthawks[edit | edit source]

Smith was drafted by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (UFL) with the 17th pick in the 2011 UFL Draft.[4] He spent the 2012 season with the Nighthawks.

Tampa Bay Storm[edit | edit source]

Smith signed with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League (AFL) on November 5, 2012.[6] He was played on Other League Exempt on May 12, 2014.[7]

Montreal Alouettes[edit | edit source]

Smith was signed by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on May 16, 2014.[4] He was released by the Alouettes in May 31, 2015.[8]

Jacksonville Sharks[edit | edit source]

On June 9, 2015, Smith was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks of the AFL.[9] He recorded 26 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups in seven games for the Sharks during the 2015 season.[10] On April 9, 2016, Smith was placed on recallable reassignment.[11]

Columbus Lions[edit | edit source]

Smith spent time with the Columbus Lions of American Indoor Football in 2016. In January 2017, Smith re-signed with the Lions, who had moved to the National Arena League.[12]

Atlanta Havoc[edit | edit source]

In September 2017, Smith signed with the Atlanta Havoc of the American Arena League for the 2018 season.[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "CHRIS SMITH". profootballarchives.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141006102307/http://www.profootballarchives.com/smit08031.html. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Chris Smith". niuhuskies.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141006101840/http://www.niuhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/smith_chris00.html. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  3. "Chris Smith signs with CFL's Montreal Alouettes". niutoday.info. May 17, 2014. http://www.niutoday.info/2014/05/17/chris-smith-signs-with-cfls-montreal-alouettes/. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Chris Smith". montrealalouettes.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141006144247/http://en.montrealalouettes.com/roster/show/id/7147. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  5. "Christopher Smith". kffl.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141204231701/http://www.kffl.com/player/25293/nfl/news/christopher-smith. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  6. "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=transactions&type=old&team=12. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  7. "Team Transactions". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/Tampa_Bay_Storm-12/transactions/?page=transactions&type=old&team=12. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  8. "ALOUETTES' TRANSACTIONS". montrealalouettes.com. May 31, 2015. Archived from the original on June 1, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150601194302/http://en.montrealalouettes.com/article/alouettes-transactions-2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  9. "Sharks Add Veteran Defensive Back Chris Smith". arenafootball.com. June 9, 2015. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150611142959/http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/spec-rel/060915aac.html. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  10. "Chris Smith". arenafootball.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160413171851/http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/aflsrk/mtt/chris_smith_829586.html. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  11. "Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160502173110/http://www.arenafan.com/teams/Jacksonville_Sharks-139/transactions/. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  12. "TOP-FLIGHT DB CHRIS SMITH RE-SIGNS WITH LIONS". columbuslions.net. January 4, 2017. http://www.columbuslions.net/news-m/629-top-flight-db-chris-smith-re-signs-with-lions.html. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  13. "Havoc sign Veteran DB Chris Smith". atlantahavoc.com. September 29, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171024184707/http://atlantahavoc.com/news-h/228-havoc-sign-veteran-db-chris-smith.html. Retrieved October 24, 2017.

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