|Date of birth:||July 3, 1965|
|Place of birth:||Statesville, North Carolina|
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Vinson Robert Smith (born July 3, 1965 in Statesville North Carolina), is a former American football linebacker, who spent 12 years in the National Football League after graduating from East Carolina University. Smith won one Super Bowl as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
Smith received All-American honors while playing defensive tackle for Statesville High School. He accepted a scholarship to play football at East Carolina University, where he was converted to middle linebacker and led the Pirates in total tackles in 1986 (116) and 1987 (118).
In 2003, he was inducted into the East Carolina University Hall of Fame.
Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons in 1988. He made the team, but was active only for 3 games, before being placed on injured reserve for the last 2 weeks of the season.
Dallas Cowboys (first stint)Edit
Althoug he didn't have many regular season games under his belt, Jimmy Johnson and Dave Wannstedt remembered his playing days at East Carolina University, and signed him as a Plan B free agent in 1990.
Smith was a special teams standout and led the unit in tackles until late in the 1990 regular season, when he replaced an injured Ken Norton, Jr. at linebacker against the Philadelphia Eagles. That performance earned him his first career start and game MVP honors, in the team's next game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was named the starter at strongside linebacker in 1991, although he contracted hepatitis, which forced the team to place him on injured reserve for the last 3 games of the season, and have Dixon Edwards replace him in the starting lineup.
In 1993 after defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt became the head coach for the Chicago Bears, he traded for Smith, linebacker Barry Minter and a sixth-round draft pick, in exchange for linebacker John Roper, tight end Kelly Blackwell and safety Markus Paul.
Dallas Cowboys (second stint)Edit
In 1997 he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, who needed to make room for Deion Sanders under the salary cap, and was forced to release Alan Campos at the end of preseason, keeping only 5 linebackers, with Smith backing up all three linebacker positions and starting in three games.
New Orleans SaintsEdit
Smith has held many football training camps for the youth of Iredell County, North Carolina. Currently, Smith owns his own business JPC Bail Bonds and was the head football coach of Piedmont Christian Paladins in Statesville.
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