The NFL Community Is Mourning The Loss Of Chris Smith
The NFL community is mourning the loss of Chris Smith, a former defensive end who played for six teams in eight seasons. Smith died on April 17, 2023, at the age of 31. His agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed his death but did not disclose the cause.
Smith wаѕ drafted bу thе Jacksonville Jaguars іn thе fifth round оf thе 2014 NFL draft оut оf Arkansas. Hе played two seasons fоr thе Jaguars bеfоrе joining thе Cincinnati Bengals іn 2017. Hе thеn signed wіth thе Cleveland Browns іn 2018 аnd played thеrе untіl 2020. Hе spent hіѕ final season wіth thе Houston Texans іn 2021.
Smith was known for his speed and athleticism as a pass rusher. He recorded 9.5 sacks and 67 tackles in his career. He also had a reputation for being a positive and upbeat teammate who always had a smile on his face.
Smith faced a personal tragedy in 2019 when his fiancée Petara Cordero was killed in a car accident. Cordero was struck by another vehicle after she and Smith had pulled over to the side of a highway following a tire blowout. The couple had welcomed their daughter Haven Harris Smith just a month earlier.
Smith's former coaches and teammates expressed their condolences and shared their memories of him on social media. Freddie Kitchens, who coached Smith with the Browns, said he was "well liked" and had an "infectious personality." Myles Garrett, who played alongside Smith on the Browns' defensive line, said he was "a great man" who "loved his family." Calais Campbell, who was Smith's teammate with the Jaguars, said he was "a joy to be around" and "a true warrior."
Smith's high school also paid tribute to him, calling him "a legend" and "a role model." Smith was a star player at West Rowan High School in North Carolina, where he helped his team win three state championships.
Smith's death is a reminder of how precious life is and how quickly it can change. He leaves behind his daughter Haven, his parents Roger and Helen Smith, his brother Antwon Smith, and his sister Candace Smith.