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Jim Smith (American football)

Jim Smith
No. 86
Date of birth: (1955-07-20) July 20, 1955
Place of birth: Harvey, Illinois
Career information
Position(s): Wide receiver
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 3 / Pick 75
As player:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Birmingham Stallions (USFL)
Los Angeles Raiders
Career stats
Playing stats at

Jim Smith (born July 20, 1955) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League before starring on the Birmingham Stallions of the rival United States Football League. After the USFL's demise, Smith would play a final season in the NFL for the Los Angeles Raiders.

Jim Smith attended Blue Island Eisenhower High School, where he earned All-Conference and All-State honors. In his senior year, he would lead the Dwight D. Eisenhower High School Cardinals to the South Suburban Conference title over the second-place Quinn Buckner led Thornridge Falcons. He would receive a full-scholarship to play at the University of Michigan. Smith was a standout flanker/wingback for the University of Michigan during the mid-1970s. A versatile, all-around threat, he averaged more than 7-yards running, more than 10 yards on punt returns, more than 20 yards on pass receptions and more than 17 yards on kickoff returns. In all, he gained 2,890 yards during his career. His gained 184 yards on pass receptions against Purdue—at the time the second highest yardage in Michigan history. He received All Conference honors in the Big Ten. He was also named a First Team All American WR his senior year.

With the Steelers, Smith backed up Hall of Famers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, earning two Super Bowl rings in the process. In the USFL, Smith was a dominant #1 receiver, leading the Stallions in receptions all 3 years. In 1983 made 51 catches for 756 yards and 3 scores. In 1984 he caught 89 balls for league-high 1,481 yards and 8 touchdowns in 1984. The leagues' final season, 1985, was Smith's best year as a pro. Smith would finish third in the league with 87 catches for 1,322 yards and lead all receivers with an astounding 20 TD receptions. He would make both the 1985 USFL all-League team and The Sporting News's 1985 USFL All-Star Team.[1]

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External links

  • NFL stats

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