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Jerry Smith (coach)

Jerry Smith (coach)
Smith on a 1952 Bowman football card
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-09-09)September 9, 1930
Place of birth Dayton, Ohio
Date of death August 6, 2011(2011-08-06) (aged 80)
Place of death San Diego, California
Career information
Position(s) Guard
College Wisconsin
NFL Draft 1952 / Round 8 / Pick 94
Head coaching record
Career record 2-3
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1952–1953, 1956
San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay Packers
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1971 Denver Broncos

Jerome Anthony Smith (September 9, 1930 – August 6, 2011) was an American football player and coach. Jerry was born in Dayton, Ohio and attended Chaminade High School, graduating in 1948. At Chaminade he played Tight End and later in 1982 was elected to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

After Smith's college football career, which he spent at Wisconsin, the National Football League's (NFL) San Francisco 49ers selected Smith in the 1952 NFL Draft. He played at left guard for the team in 1952 and 1953. In 1956, he split time between the 49ers and Green Bay Packers. Smith played in 29 games during his NFL career.[2]

Beginning in 1960, he joined the Denver Broncos' offensive line coach.[3] On November 17, 1971, Broncos head coach Lou Saban, who had also been Smith's boss in Boston and Buffalo, resigned and Smith was named his replacement for the season's last five games.[3][5] The Broncos posted a 2–3 record under Smith.[6] Following the 1971 season, he became the Houston Oilers' defensive line coach for 1972; after one season, he returned to the Browns and served multiple roles.[4]


  1. ^ "Chaminade Julienne High School Athletic Hall of Fame". Chaminade Julienne High School. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jerry Smith". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ a b c Mossman, John (1971-11-18). "Smith Is 'Flabbergasted' In Replacing Saban". The Owosso Argus-Press. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ a b "New Job for Jerry Smith". The Milwaukee Journal. 1973-02-16. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Lou Saban Resigns As Coach At Denver". Bangor Daily News. Associated Press. 1971-11-18. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Jerry Smith". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 

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