Chiefs Hall of Honor

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Neil Smith

Neil Smith

DE

1988-1996

Born: April 10, 1966 (New Orleans, LA)

College: Nebraska

Drafted: By Chiefs, 1988 / 1st Rd (2nd overall)

Career Highlights:

  • All-AFC, 1993-1995
  • All-Pro, 1992-93, 1995
  • AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, 1991-95
  • Chiefs MVP, 1992
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 2006

From the colorfully taped bandage he wore over his nose on game days, to his trademark home run swing after a sack (a homage to Royals’ Hall of Famer George Brett), to the devastating pre-snap “flinch” move that frequently drew offensive linemen into nervous false starts (and ultimately was outlawed by the NFL), Neil Smith was a charismatic, galvanizing figure on the Chiefs’ resurgent defensive line of the ‘9Os. Drafted out of Nebraska with the second overall pick in the 1988 draft, he thrived alongside his close friend, linebacker Derrick Thomas, who arrived a year later. Smith earned All-Pro honors and led the NFL in sacks in 1993, and made six visits to the Pro Bowl during his career, which ended with the Denver Broncos. ” I’m not trying to knock the other quarterback out of the game,” Smith said. “I just want to get him on the ground or knock the ball loose. If he gets hurt, it’s his own fault.”

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