American Football Database
Fred Smerlas
Date of birth: (1957-04-08) April 8, 1957 (age 65)
Place of birth: Waltham, Massachusetts
Career information
Position(s): Nose tackle
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 2 / Pick 32
 As player:
Buffalo Bills
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988
Playing stats at

Frederic Charles Smerlas (born April 8, 1957) is a former American football defensive lineman who was a 5-time NFL Pro Bowl selection during 14-year career as a nose tackle with the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, and New England Patriots.

Smerlas, of Greek-American descent, graduated from Waltham High School in 1975, where he was a star football player and wrestler. He became a defensive lineman for Boston College before embarking on an NFL career. His 1990 autobiography, By a Nose, recounts his eleven years with the Buffalo Bills and their climb from cellar-dwellers to Super Bowl contenders.

Smerlas currently resides in Sudbury, Massachusetts and is a part-time co-host during football season on Sportsradio WEEI with Glenn Ordway & Michael Holley on the Big Show, as well as a contributor to western New York radio stations WGR in Buffalo and WHAM in Rochester. Smerlas is an avid motorcyclist, who often rides to support various Boston based charitable organizations.

All Pro Productions

Smerlas's company all Pro Productions is the leading telemarketer contractor and fundraiser for police, firefighter, and similar agencies in Massachusetts.

Fred & Steve's Steakhouse

Smerlas, along with friend and colleague Steve DeOssie, opened an award winning steakhouse at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island in March 2007 called Fred & Steve's Steakhouse.[1]

Political career

A Boston Herald article [2] announced on April 6, 2007 that Fred considered seeking the Massachusetts 5th US Congressional seat being vacated by Martin T. Meehan as a Republican candidate. He dropped out of the race on April 26 after supporting candidate James Ogonowski, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and brother of John Ogonowski, who piloted American Airlines Flight 11.

"No one tells me what to do, I have faith in Jim. I believe in this guy.", Smerlas reported in an April 27 Boston Globe article.[3]

In 2010, Smerlas expressed an interest in relocating to Western New York to challenge Brian Higgins or Louise Slaughter, believing that they have not adequately represented Western New York or the upstate region as a whole. He indicated that his son was considering attending the University at Buffalo anyway, and if he were to relocate, he may run either in 2010 or 2012,[4] later ruling out a 2010 run. He said that his first priority "would be to take a big saw and cut New York City off."[5]


  • Fred Smerlas and Vic Carucci, By A Nose: The Off-Center Life of Football's Funniest Lineman, Simon And Schuster, 1990. ISBN 0-671-70532-6

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