Ed Smith
Michigan State SpartansNo.
Date of birth: (1956-01-13) January 13, 1956 (age 64)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)
Career history
* Michigan State (1976–1978)
Career highlights and awards

Ed Smith (born January 13, 1956) is a former American football quarterback.

Early yearsEdit

Smith grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Central Catholic High School in that city.[1][2]

Smith's older brother, Danny Smith, has been a football coach for more than 30 years, including stints with Georgia Tech (1987–1994), the Washington Redskins (2004–2012), and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2013 to present).[2]

Michigan StateEdit

Smith played college football at Michigan State University as a quarterback from 1976 to 1978.[3] He was redshirted in 1975.[1] As a senior, he led the Big Ten with 2,226 passing yards, a 139.0 passing efficiency rating, and 2,247 yards of total offense.[4] He was also selected as the most valuable player on the 1978 Michigan State Spartans football team that as the co-champion of the Big Ten.[4][5] He was also selected by both the Associated Press and United Press International as the second-team quarterback (behind Rick Leach) on the 1978 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[6][7] He finished his career as Michigan State's and the Big Ten's all-time leader with 5,706 passing yards.[8][9]

In June 2015, the Lansing State Journal ranked Smith at No. 46 on it list of Michigan State's greatest football players.[8]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

In February 1979, Smith signed a two-year contract to play professional football for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.[9][10][11] In one of his early games for Hamilton,he threw five interceptions.[12] He appeared in a total of 16 games for the Tiger-Cats in 1979, completing 61 of 140 passes for 794 yards, four touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.[13] In May 1980, Smith announced his retirement from the Hamilton club.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Roy Damer (November 14, 1978). "Spartans' Smith no passing fancy". Chicago Tribune: p. 4-6.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Do You Remember? Eddie Smith". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 20, 2013.
  3. "Ed Smith College Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "1978 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  5. Roy Damer (December 25, 1978). "Michigan's Leach wins Tribune Silver Football". Chicago Tribune: p. 5-3.
  6. "Leach leads All-Big Ten: Michigan, MSU dominate team". The Kokomo Tribune: p. 26. December 7, 1978.
  7. "Co-champs dominate all-Big Ten selections". The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL): p. B3. November 30, 1978.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "MSU's top 50 football players: No. 46 Ed Smith". Lansing State Journal. June 23, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Ticats sign highly-rated passer". Ottawa Journal: p. 16. February 13, 1979.
  10. Lynn Henning (February 8, 1979). "Tiger-Cats woo Smith: Can CFL lure MSU star?". The Lansing State Journal: p. D6.
  11. "Ed Smith signs with Tiger-Cats". The Lansing State Journal: p. D1. February 12, 1979.
  12. "CFL job no picnic for Smith". The Lansing State Journal: p. B1. August 11, 1979.
  13. "Ed Smith". cflpedia. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  14. "Ticats passer retires". Ottawa Journal: p. 14. May 27, 1980.
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