Musa Smith (//; born May 31, 1982) is a former American football running back who played five seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia.
|Born:||May 31, 1982|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||232 lb (105 kg)|
|High school:||Elliottsburg (PA) West Perry|
|NFL Draft:||2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Smith has also been a member of the New York Jets.
Musa Smith rushed for 2,202 yards and 19 touchdowns on 454 carries (4.9 yards per carry) during his three-year career at Georgia. This included a spectacular junior campaign in 2002, when he rushed for 1,324 yards and eight touchdowns on 261 carries (5.1 yards per carry), becoming the first Georgia running back to pass 1,000-yards in a season since Garrison Hearst in 1992.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump|
|6 ft 1 in
|31 7⁄8 in
|4.58 s||35 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 3 in|
|40-yard dash was taken at Georgia's Pro Day; other results are from the NFL Scouting Combine.|
During a Week 11 game with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004, Smith was horse-collar tackled from behind by safety Roy Williams. Smith's right leg was trapped under the weight of his body, resulting in a severe compound fracture of his right tibia. The injury basically put Smith out of action for two seasons (he played only one game in 2005) and led to the NFL banning the tackle in May 2005.
In the 2006 Ravens training camp, Smith outplayed Mike Anderson in the battle for the backup running back job behind Jamal Lewis. In three preseason games in 2006, Smith was tied for the NFL lead with LaMont Jordan with 123 rushing yards on 13 carries (7.9 yards per carry).
In total, Smith has rushed for 262 yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries (4.2 yards per carry) in 34 regular season appearances with the Baltimore Ravens, he has also caught 28 passes for 180 yards as of the end of the 2006 season.
Through his stay with the Ravens, Smith collected 132 rushes for 496 yards, and four touchdowns on a 3.8 yard average. He also had 54 catches for 363 yards, on a 6.7 yard receiving average.
New York JetsEdit
Smith has a brother Taalib that is a personal trainer at the Big Vanilla Health Club in Arnold, Maryland.
Smith's father, Kelvin Smith, ran training camps for Boy Scouts, and law officers from the family farm in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, and was convicted in 1999 on charges related to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Kelvin Smith was an agent with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Musa Smith also has three kids.
- Newberry, Paul (January 8, 2003). "Georgia RB Musa Smith Going Pro". Beaumont Enterprise. Associated Press. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
- http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/articles/show/2210-musa-smith-joins-backfield Archived May 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Schlabach, Mark (2003). Destiny's Dogs: Georgia's Championship Season. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. 112. ISBN 978-1582616919.
- "Taalib Smith, Personal Trainer". Big Vanilla. January 1, 2011.
- Newberry, Paul (September 11, 2002). "Musa Smith: Georgia RB suffers as father's dark secret is revealed". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
- Cyphers, Luke; Feldman, Bruce (September 3, 2002). "The Good Son". ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2011.