Bubba Smith NFL Star
August 4, 2011 by staff
Bubba Smith NFL Star, Former NFL defensive star Bubba Smith, who found a second successful career as an actor, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 66. Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Smith was found dead at his home in Baldwin Hills. Winter said he did not know the circumstances or causes of death.
Police spokesman Richard French said that death seems suspicious.
The first overall pick in 1967 after a career in the State stunning Michigan, Smith 6-foot-7 for five seasons with the Baltimore Colts and two seasons, each with Oakland and Houston. He won the 1971 Super Bowl with the Colts.
One of the most feared defensive ends in the game, Smith often drew two blockers, however, was effective enough to make two Pro Bowls and All-Pro team.
His best work, however, was in college, and Smith was enshrined in the Hall of Fame College Football in 1988.
“It was just a nice guy,” said former teammate at Michigan State, Robert Viney in a statement released through the university. “His size made him an intimidating figure, but he was a true gentleman. He was a helluva player.”
Fairley has surgery: Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley undergone surgery on his injured left foot on Wednesday.
The team said in a statement it would take a “significant part” of training camp. Detroit opens the season at home against Cincinnati on Aug. 12. The Lions begin the regular season at Tampa Bay on September 11.
Fairley, the Lombardi Trophy winner at Auburn national champion last season, was injured on Monday and was in a walking cast a day later after X-rays showed no significant damage.
He was sent to Charlotte, North Carolina, for further evaluation Wednesday morning, and Dr. Bob Anderson performed the surgery. The team gave no details about the procedure.
Patterson hospitalized Eagles: Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson is likely to spend the night in hospital after suffering an attack on training camp at Lehigh University, trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday.
Patterson dropped to the floor between games during a morning practice, and the player began to shake violently.
Agent Patterson, JR Ricket said in a statement that the player is “in no pain and do well.”
Burkholder said the attack lasted about four minutes, and Patterson lost consciousness at a time when I was on the floor.
Jeers to Henne: Teasing has begun to Miami quarterback Chad Henne, to the dismay of his coach.
Fans attending practice at the Dolphins Stadium booed their much-maligned quarterback, and then chanted, “We want Orton!” In reference to the recent engagement team Kyle Orton Denver.
“It really makes me sick,” said coach Tony Sparano. “When people come to the stadium and one of those kinds of events to support the Miami Dolphins, what to think.”
Boos began after a couple of passes astray in Henne at the end of practice. Then came the singing of Orton, who remains the owner of the Broncos despite the trade talks with Miami.
Bulger retires: Former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL.
Bulger was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and went from 22,814 yards, 93 touchdowns and 122 interceptions.
“I am very thankful to all my former teammates, coaches and my family,” Bulger told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “I have a special place in my heart for the coach (Mike) Martz for giving me a chance.”
Bulger was drafted in West Virginia to New Orleans in 2000 but never played a game for the Saints. Clung San Luis in 2001 and finally succeeded Kurt Warner as the starter.
“I’m excited to continue working through my foundation to help men and women in uniform who risk their lives every day so we can enjoy the game of football,” he told ESPN.
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