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Omarr Smith

Omarr Smith
San Jose SaberCats
Position: Assistant head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-04-04) April 4, 1977
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: San Jose State
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena football statistics
Tackles: 475
Pass Breakups: 88
Forced Fumbles: 8
Fumbles Recovered: 8
Interceptions: 35
Stats at

Omarr Ali Hasan Smith (born April 4, 1977) is an American football defensive back who is the Assistant Head Coach for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League (AFL). Smith played for the San Jose SaberCats of the AFL. He played college football at San Jose State.[1]

In his career, Smith has played for the San Jose SaberCats twice, from 2000–2002 and 2004–present. He also played one year (2003) for the Tampa Bay Storm.[2] He has also coached defensive backs at Whittier College. Prior to re-joining the SaberCats, Smith served as defensive coordinator with the rival Arizona Rattlers for three years (winning two championships). Smith has won seven total Arenabowl championships as a player (4) and assistant coach (3); this ties the legendary Tim Marcum, who won seven as a head coach, for the most in AFL history.

Early years

Smith attended Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, California.[3] While there, he lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a three-time all-league and two-time all-area grid choice.

College career

Smith played four years at San Jose State University and had 13 career interceptions, the second-most in school history. He joined the team as a walk-on in 1995 and was assigned to cover Keyshawn Johnson in his first collegiate start.[4] He led San Jose State with nine passes broken up in 1996 and 16 in 1997. He tied for second in the nation in 1997 with seven interceptions[4] and tied a school record with three interceptions against the University of Hawaii. Smith returned 22 punts for 246 yards and was the only player in Division I-A to rank in the top-30 in both interceptions and punt returns. He had an 84-yard touchdown return at UTEP in 1997 and an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown against Fresno State in 1998. Smith had 74 tackles as a sophomore, third-most on the team, and ended his career with 182 career tackles.

Professional career


In 2000, Smith played in eight games at WR/DB as a rookie. He posted 16 tackles, five passes broken up and five receptions for 48 yards. All five receptions on the season came in two games. He made his AFL debut with two tackles against the Houston Thunderbears. Had his first career reception and totaled two for the game with two pass break-ups against the Los Angeles Avengers. He recorded 2.5 tackles (a tackle for a loss) and a season-high three pass break-ups against the New England Steamrollers. Smith had three receptions for 32 yards at the Grand Rapids Rampage. He recorded a season-high five solo tackles on the road against the Avengers.


In 2001, Smith was one of just four players to participate in all 14 games that season. He recorded a team-leading four interceptions and was fourth with 37 tackles earning team defensive MVP honors. He returned his first career interception 45-yards for his first career touchdown against the Arizona Rattlers. Smith missed a portion of the game after taking a knee to the helmet in Houston. He had his first catch of the season against the Oklahoma Wranglers. He had his second career interception and returned a blocked extra point attempt for the first two-point defensive point after try in league history at the New York Dragons. Smith made his first-career start at Defensive Specialist (DS) intercepting an Andy Kelly pass late in the game, leading to a game-tying field goal in a game that the San Jose SaberCats won in overtime against the Nashville Kats. He recorded career-highs of four catches for 86 yards and added his fourth career interception against the Florida Bobcats. Smith had the first two missed field goal returns of his career against the Thunderbears..

2001 playoffs

Smith played in both San Jose playoff games. He appeared in his first AFL playoff game replacing the injured Anthony Cobbs at DS against the Rattlers. He recorded 5.5 tackles and a pass break-up in Nashville.


In Los Angeles Avengers after recording two catches for 43 yards and a touchdown and five tackles along with a pass break up. He had his fifth career interception, and second returned for a touchdown on the road against the Orlando Predators. Smith recorded a career-long 37-yard reception on the road against the Buffalo Destroyers. He had the 20th reception of his career in Los Angeles. He was named Ironman of the Game after recording a 34-yard touchdown catch, his sixth career interception, and five tackles and two pass break ups against the Chicago Rush. Smith recorded a season-high three receptions against the Indiana Firebirds.

2002 playoffs

He caught three passes for 37 yards and had an interception for game Ironman against the Predators. Smith started ArenaBowl XVI and was named the game's Ironman after rushing twice for nine yards, catching four passes for 34 yards and totaling five tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery against the Rattlers.


In Force. He was named game MVP after two pass break-ups and an interception in Carolina. He had his third career interception return touchdown against the Colorado Crush. He intercepted his eighth pass of the season giving him an interception in four straight games on the road against the New York Dragons.


Smith re-signed with the San Jose SaberCats on November 7, 2003.

In 2004, Smith, returning to San Jose, played in 15 games at DS earning first-team All-AFL honors, and became just the fourth player in team history with 100 solo tackles.. He led the team with 83 total tackles (71 solo). He tied for first in the AFL with a career-high nine interceptions. He was the team leader and tied for fourth in the AFL with 14 passes broken up and 23 passes defended. Smith was named the AFL's Defensive Player of the Week (Week One). He set career-highs with five assisted tackles and five pass break-ups on the road against the Fury. Smith was inactive with a hamstring injury, the only game he missed all season, on the road against the New York Dragons. He recorded the 100th solo tackle of his San Jose career against the Crush. He was named the Defensive Player of the Game after returning an interception 48-yards for a touchdown against the Las Vegas Gladiators. Smith moved into fifth place on team's all-time list with his 11th career San Jose interception on the road against the Dallas Desperados. He was named Defensive Player of the Game after recording an interception in his third straight game against the Rush. He recorded his single-season career-high ninth interception on the road against the Gladiators.

2004 playoffs

In the 2004 playoffs, Smith won his third straight championship. He started all 3 games at DS. He set a team single-game playoff record for total tackles (10.5) and solo tackles (10) in ArenaBowl XVIII.


In 2005, Smith started at DS for the first three games of the season before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. He recorded 20.5 tackles (18 solo), an interception and four passes broken up for the season. He became just the third player in team history to record 200 career tackles. Smith recorded his 16th career interception as a SaberCat (24th overall) along with two pass break-ups to earn Defensive Player of the Game against the Gladiators. His season ended when he left the game in the fourth quarter after sustaining a knee injury on the road against the New Orleans VooDoo. The SaberCats placed him on Injured Reserve (IR) on February 17, 2005 with a ruptured patellar tendon missing the remainder of the season.


In 2006, Smith returned from a serious knee injury and played and started 11 games at DS, including the final 10 regular season games. He began the season on IR recovering from the knee surgery. He totaled 41 tackles (38 solo), three passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He had three interceptions on the season giving him 27 in his career and 19 as a SaberCat. Smith returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns giving him the team's career lead. He started at DS in his first game since sustaining a knee injury in New Orleans on February 13, 2005, on the road against the Rattlers. He returned to the lineup after being inactive for three games starting at DS against the Avengers. In Tampa Bay, he recorded his 25th career interception which he returned 16 yards for a touchdown, his fifth career interception returned for a touchdown, to earn Defensive Player of the Game. Smith recorded his 18th interception of his San Jose career (26th overall) moving into fourth place on the team's career list, against the Austin Wranglers. He broke a tie with Greg Hopkins for sole possession of 20th place on the AFL's all-time career interception list with his 27th that he returned 42 yards for a touchdown, his fifth career interception return for a touchdown with San Jose (sixth overall) giving him the team's all-time lead, against the Crush.

2006 playoffs

Smith started both games at DS. He was named Defensive Player of the Game after his fifth career playoff interception (third as a SaberCat), five tackles and a pass broken up against the Rattlers. He had 3.5 tackles, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery against the Rush.


In Force. Smith recorded his 20th career interception as a SaberCat, 28th overall, against the Crush. He recorded his 29th career interception and 330th career solo tackle, against the Avengers. He played in his 90th career regular season AFL game at the Arizona Rattlers on May 5, 2007. He returned his 30th career interception 50-yards for a touchdown, the third longest return in team history, against the Gladiators. Smith moved into a tie for 17th place all-time with his 31st career interception earning Defensive Player of the Game honors against the Rampage. He recorded his 400th career total tackle, on the road against the Kats. He had two pass break-ups, giving him 100 passes defended for his career, on the road at the Utah Blaze. Smith had his 24th career interception as a SaberCat, tying Pat McGuirk for second place on team's career list, and returned it 36-yards for a touchdown, his eighth career interception returned for a touchdown and a team record seventh with San Jose, against the Rattlers. He recorded a season-high three pass break-ups in Las Vegas.

2007 playoffs

Smith started all three playoff games. He recorded nine tackles, his sixth career playoff interception and two pass break ups and earned Defensive Player of the Game in the SaberCats ArenaBowl XXI win over the Columbus Destroyers.


In 2008, Smith began the season tied for second on the team's all-time interceptions list with 24. His 32 career interceptions were good for a 16th place tie on the AFL's chart. Smith posted three interceptions in the American Conference championship game, setting a SaberCats record for postseason play;[5] this matched his interception total from the regular season.[1]

Coaching career

Arizona Rattlers: 2010-2013

Smith served as the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Rattlers during the 2010 season.[6]

San Jose SaberCats: 2014-present

In November 2013, Smith joined the SaberCats as Assistant Head Coach.[7]

Personal life

One of Smith's cousins is former San Francisco 49ers safety Tim McDonald.

Smith has coached defensive backs at Whittier College. He has expressed a desire for a post-football career in broadcasting.[8] He has covered various high school football and volleyball games and some junior college football games in Southern California. Smith enjoys bowling and has partnered with teammates for a weekly outing during the season.


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External links

  • San Jose SaberCats profile
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