John Smith (American football)
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John Michael Smith (born 30 December 1949) is an English-born retired American football placekicker. He made his professional debut with the New England Patriots in 1974, remaining with the team until 1983.
|Born:||30 December 1949|
Leafield, Oxfordshire, England
|Status||Retired- Coaches soccer (WOBsters)|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg)|
|NFL draft||1974 / Round:|
|1973||New England Colonials (ACFL)|
|1974–1983||New England Patriots|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Awards||Named to Patriots All Decade Team for 1970s|
|Records||Currently the number four leading scorer in Patriots history|
John Smith trained as a teacher at King Alfred's College, Winchester in England, between 1968 and 1971. After teaching for a year, he moved to the United States. He had not played American football before but was an outstanding all-round sportsman and superb soccer player so he approached the New England Patriots and asked for a trial as a placekicker. New England saw the left-footed kicker's potential and he was sent to spend his 1973 season in the Atlantic Coast Football League before re-signing with the Patriots in 1974.
Smith kicked the only points in the Snowplow Game, played 12 December 1982 in a snow storm at Foxboro Stadium. Convict Mark Henderson, released for a weekend work program, cleared the way with his snowplow for Smith to beat the Miami Dolphins and enter football lore.
Smith led the NFL in scoring in 1979 and 1980. In 1982, Smith injured his right knee (on his non-kicking leg) and underwent arthroscopic surgery; he retired after the 1983 season as the second-highest scoring player in Patriots history, behind Gino Cappelletti.
Smith currently runs The John Smith Sports Center, an indoor sports complex in Milford, Massachusetts. Smith runs JSSA Magic (John Smith Soccer Academy), a premier soccer club for ages 8–18. He also runs John Smith's No. 1 Soccer School, a soccer camp held at various New England schools and colleges each summer.
Smith currently lives in Dover, Massachusetts, with his wife Vivienne. Smith has four children, and his oldest daughter, Felicity Smith-Day, directs John Smith Soccer. She is a former college All-American. She also played professionally for Arsenal L.F.C.