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tBBC Remembering Will Smith

Discussion in 'News' started by Michael Smith, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. Remembering Will Smith
    Michael Smith
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    Hello everyone and welcome, as I have the unfortunate task at telling everyone about Will Smith.

    For those who don’t know, Will Smith, former Ohio State DE, was shot and killed last night in New Orleans after a traffic accident. Smith was out with his wife and on his way home when their car was rear ended. After an argument Will Smith was shot multiple times and died. His wife was also shot twice but is expected to live.

    Will Smith was born on the 4th of July 1981 in Queens, NY. He played high school at Utica (NY) Proctor and then at The Ohio State University. Smith was drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2004 NFL draft. He played 9 years in the NFL.

    Smith’s Ohio State career was from 2000-2003. He was a starter on Ohio State’s 2002 National Championship team. It was Smith sack of Miami (FL) QB Ken Dorsey on Miami’s 1st offensive play of the game that set a tone for the rest of the game. Smith’s big year was in 2003 where he had 10.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss on his way to be named 1st team all American. He also was the Big 10 defensive player of the year. Smith was later named to Ohio State’s all decade team for 2000-2010.

    As a friend of mine said on Twitter this morning.

    Will Smith was Joey Bosa before Joey Bosa was Joey Bosa.

    — Evan (@OSUEvan) April 10, 2016

    Smith’s NFL career was from 2004-2014. He played most of his career with the New Orleans Saints where in 9 seasons he had 326 tackles, 67.5 sacks, and 2 INTs. He was a member of the Saints Super Bowl winning team. He was signed by the New England Patriots in 2014 but was cut before the season started.

    There was plenty of reaction to Smith’s death from his former team mates at Ohio State, coaches, fans, NFL players and Buckeyes who never had the chance to play with Smith, but had known him.

    Heart breaking news at the loss of buckeye great, Will Smith. Buckeye Nation extends our prayers to his family during this difficult time.

    — Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) April 10, 2016

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to former OSU and Saints' Will Smith; his family and teammates. He touched so many lives. Tragic. Shocked

    — Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) April 10, 2016

    I am in absolute shock to hear about Will Smith's death. My prayers go out to the Smith family. So sad. So senseless.

    — James Laurinaitis (@JLaurinaitis55) April 10, 2016

    It's crazy to hear the news about Will Smith. It saddens me to see a senseless act of violence. Pray for the Smith Family. #STOPTHEVIOLENCE

    — ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) April 10, 2016

    I went to sleep last night and woke up to the news about Will Smith. Cherish every min with the ones you love.

    Words can't express how much I will miss my teammate and friend Will Smith! With a heavy heart I'm praying hard for his wife and family…

    — Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) April 10, 2016

    I still can't believe this. Unreal. Please pray for Will's family.

    — Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) April 10, 2016

    I had the privilege of meeting Will Smith at an autograph signing years ago before he was drafted into the NFL. I have to admit, I’ve gone to a lot of Ohio State Buckeyes autograph signings because I always want to meet the players I cheer so hard for. Will Smith I remember very well. I’m not saying I know him, I was just a 25 year old meeting one of my favorite Ohio State players and one of hundreds to do so that day. But he took the time to shake everyone’s hand and talk to them. He was truly a class act. He was one of the good guys. Its a complete tragedy that he was taken away from us so soon.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I wish his wife Racquel a full recovery from her wounds. Will Smith leaves a wife and 3 kids. God, what a shame.

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