Fish Smithson
Smithson with the Washington Redskins in 2017
No. 46     
Free safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-03-18) March 18, 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
College: Kansas
Undrafted in 2017
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 2017)
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
* First team All–Big 12 (2016)
  • Second team All–Big 12 (2015)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     1
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Pass deflections     0
Interceptions     0

Anthony “Fish” Smithson[1] (born March 18, 1994) is an American football free safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Kansas, and was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

College careerEdit


Smithson initially committed to play at Hartnell College out of high school where he played his freshman year.


Following his freshman year at Hartnell, he transferred to the University of Kansas.[1] In 2015, he led the nation in solo tackles,[2] which led to him being named Second Team All-Big 12.[3] In 2016 he was named First Team All-Big 12.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Washington RedskinsEdit

After going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Smithson signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent.[5] He was waived on September 2, 2017 during roster cutdowns.[6] The following day, he was signed to the Redskins' practice squad.[7] He was elevated to the active roster on December 19, 2017.[8]

On September 1, 2018, Smithson was waived for final roster cuts before the start of the 2018 season.[9]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On December 19, 2018, Smithson was signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.[10] He was released six days later.[11]

Los Angeles ChargersEdit

On January 3, 2019, Smithson was signed to the Los Angeles Chargers practice squad.[12]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On July 25, 2019, Smithson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was waived on August 4.[13]

Baltimore RavensEdit

On August 27, 2019, Smithson signed with the Baltimore Ravens.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Smithson's brother, Antoine "Shaky" Smithson, played wide receiver at the University of Utah and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 2011 but was shortly released off of injured reserve with an injury settlement.[15] His nickname "Fish" was given to him by his grandmother as a child due to his fear of fish.[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2014 Football Roster - Fish Smithson".
  2. "Big Fish: Smithson has proven to be a valuable Jayhawk".
  3. "2016 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced".
  4. "2015 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced".
  5. "Former Jayhawks Smithson and Stewart sign as undrafted free agents".
  6. "9/2: Redskins Make Roster Moves". September 2, 2017.
  7. Czarda, Stephen (September 3, 2017). "Redskins Sign Seven Players To The Practice Squad". Archived from the original on February 1, 2018.
  8. Czarda, Stephen (December 19, 2017). "Redskins Place Montae Nicholson On Injured Reserve, Sign Fish Smithson". Archived from the original on December 22, 2017.
  9. "9/1: Redskins Make Roster Moves". September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  10. "Cardinals add LB Pete Robertson, S Fish Smithson". December 19, 2018.
  11. Urban, Darren (December 25, 2018). "With Waiver Claim, Cardinals Bring Back D.J. Swearinger".
  12. "Chargers sign S Fish Smithson to practice squad". Bolts From The Blue. January 3, 2019.
  13. "Jaguars sign CB Josh Robinson and S Anthony “Fish” Smithson". Big Cat Country. July 26, 2019.
  14. Brown, Clifton. "Ravens Sign Defensive Back Fish Smithson, Who Can't Swim". Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  15. Packers make cuts, newcomers targeted Journal Sentinel, accessed June 29, 2013
  16. "Fish Smithson on his nickname, not being able to swim". Retrieved 27 August 2019.

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