Will Smith (defensive end)

American football player (1981-2016)

William Raymond Smith III (July 4, 1981 – April 9, 2016) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft, where he played for the entirety of his career.

Will Smith
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Smith with the Saints in 2012
No. 91
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1981-07-04)July 4, 1981
Queens, New York
Died:April 9, 2016(2016-04-09) (aged 34)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:283 lb (128 kg)
Career information
High school:Utica (NY) Proctor
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:459
Forced fumbles:20
Fumble recoveries:7
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Smith was shot and killed in New Orleans, Louisiana by Cardell Hayes after he crashed into Hayes's car.[1] Smith was with his wife who was also injured. Smith was 34 years old.


  1. Vergara, Andre (April 10, 2016). "Former Saints DE Will Smith dead after he and wife shot in road-rage attack". Fox Sports. Retrieved April 10, 2016.