Antonio Smith (defensive end)
Antonio DeShonta Smith (born October 21, 1981), nicknamed "the Ninja Assassin", is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Oklahoma State, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Smith has also played Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans.
Smith with the Oakland Raiders
|Born:||October 21, 1981|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||290 lb (132 kg)|
|High school:||Oklahoma City (OK) Marshall|
|NFL Draft:||2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 135|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Smith played college football at Oklahoma State. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 in his junior season at Oklahoma State. Antonio played for NEO A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma during his freshman (2000) and sophomore (2001) season. He transferred to Oklahoma State for his junior (2002) and senior (2003) seasons.
Smith was drafted 135th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft and was the starting left defensive end. During the 2008 NFL Season, Smith played in every game and had 2 forced fumbles and 3.5 sacks. Smith helped the Cardinals reach Super Bowl XLIII, but the team would lose 27-23 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite a great performance during the course of the season, the Cardinals chose not to re-sign him and let him go into free agency.
In 2013, Smith was suspended for week one after an incident in the preseason in which he removed Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito's helmet and swung it at him. On November 29, 2013, he was fined $15,750 for hitting Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback Chad Henne in the head and neck region.
On March 14, 2014, Smith signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Oakland Raiders and played defensive tackle in the Raiders base 4-3 defense. He was released by the Raiders on March 31, 2015.
Second stint with the TexansEdit
On September 28, 2016, Smith was signed by the Texans.
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
- GP: games played
- COMB: combined tackles
- TOTAL: total tackles
- AST: assisted tackles
- SACK: sacks
- FF: forced fumbles
- FR: fumble recoveries
- FR YDS: fumble return yards
- INT: interceptions
- IR YDS: interception return yards
- AVG IR: average interception return
- LNG: longest interception return
- TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
- PD: passes defensed
Smith has two children, Antonio Smith Jr. (2003) and Winter Smith (2009).
Smith, along with his sister Antwonette, founded Smith's Little People With Big Challenges Foundation. The organization's mission is to fight childhood obesity.
Smith's father died 4 days before Super Bowl 50, due to heart surgery complications. Antonio Smith shares his knowledge and talent by volunteers his time as a defensive line coach for the Christian Heritage high school football team (Del City, OK). Which team is playing in 2018 Oklahoma state class A champion state final.
- "Oklahoma State Profile". okstate.com. Archived from the original on December 6, 2013.
- "Texans C Myers, DE Smith added to Pro Bowl roster". abclocal.go.com. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- McIntyre, Brian (August 20, 2013). "Report: Texans DE Antonio Smith to be suspended for Week 1 after helmet swinging incident". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Schefter, Adam. "Former Texans DE Antonio Smith just signed a 2-year, $9M deal with the Raiders". Twitter. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
- Florio, Mike. "Antonio Smith lands with Broncos". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- "Texans sign DE Antonio Smith". HoustonTexans.com. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- "Antonio Smith Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- Kiszla, Mark (February 3, 2016). "Father of Antonio Smith of Broncos dies after complications from heart surgery". The Denver Post. Retrieved February 4, 2016.