No. 26 Position: Quarterback Personal information Born: July 14, 1911 Carrollton, Mississippi Died: August 9, 1999 (aged 88) Mobile, Alabama Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg) Career information High school: Columbus ( Columbus, Mississippi) College: Alabama NFL Draft: 1936 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2 Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Carries: 45 Rushing yards: 58 Receptions: 18 Receiving yards: 300 Passing yards: 290 Total touchdowns: 8
Player stats at NFL.com
Riley Henry Smith (July 14, 1911 – August 9, 1999) was an American college and professional football player who was a quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) during the late 1930s. He played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team of the University of Alabama, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American. After his NFL career ended, he became a coach.
Early life Edit
Smith was born in
Greenwood, Mississippi in 1911. He originally attended and played high school football for Greenwood High School, but then moved to Columbus, Mississippi and played at Columbus High School.
College career Edit
Smith attended the
University of Alabama, where he played quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He was passer and runner, but could also block, punt, kick extra points and boot field goals. In 1935, he was part of the team that won the Rose Bowl, was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, and also won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the Southeastern Conference. Smith played in the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game.
Professional playing career Edit
Smith was the second player chosen (behind
Jay Berwanger) in the first-ever 1936 NFL Draft. In 1936 and 1937 he missed only three minutes in 26 Redskin games, but an injury ended his playing career early.
Coaching career and later life Edit
After retirement, Smith became a football coach at
Washington and Lee University, where he was an backfield coach in 1939 in 1940 and then succeeded Warren E. Tilson as head coach in 1941. He served in the  United States Navy as a lieutenant commander from 1942 to 1945 and then became a real estate developer in Mobile, Alabama.
Head coaching record Edit
Washington and Lee Generals ( Southern Conference) (1941)
Washington and Lee
1–6–2 1–2–2 10th
Washington and Lee:
†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.
External links Edit
Template:1936 NFL Draft