About Chuck Smith
Charles Henry Smith, III (born December 21, 1969) is a former American football player and coach. He played college football at the University of Tennessee and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Atlanta Falcons from 1992 to 1999 and the Carolina Panthers in 2000. Smith spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach as his Alma mater, Tennessee. He also has worked as a radio host in Atlanta.
Atlanta Falcons Career
He did that and more in his 8 year Atlanta Falcons career; being ﬁrst named MVP in NFL Semi Final Playoff Game vs the SF 49ers, also the NFC Championship vs the 1998 Minnesota Vikings. In a poll in 2007 on Atlanta Radio 790 The Zone Chucks game changing play stripping the ball from 1998 NFC Offensive Player of the Year Vikings QB Randall Cunningham as the Greatest Play in Franchise history by the Falcon fans. Leader of the legendary “Bomb Squad” 1997-98 Falcons Defensive Line. He is 5x Captain helping the Falcons to there ﬁrst and only Super Bowl appearance in 1998. Chuck was the winner of the NFL’s Unsung Hero Award in 1997, In 2000, he ended his Falcons Career with 116 NFL Starts, which was top 10 at the time, #1 All Time in Sacks, #1 Sacks in single game, # 2 Fumble Recoveries, #1 Forced fumbles, and upon retirement was voted as a member of the Falcons All-time team and best defensive lineman in team history by the fans.
HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE YEARS:
He’s a member of his High School Alma Mater Clarke Central’s Wall of Fame, and a member of the Athens Hall of Fame, and the National Jr. College Hall Of Fame, from his time at NE Oklahoma. His willingness to do his best earned him a scholarship at the University of Tennessee,where in 2004 he was honored as a Vol Legend. At Tennessee, His team won 1990 Southeastern Conference Championship before beating Virginia in the Sugar Bowl. Chuck went on his Senior Season being named a unanimous All-SEC choice leading the conference in sacks, playing in the Fiesta Bowl and being named MVP of the 1991 Senior Bowl All Star Football game. His stellar play helped make his childhood dream of playing in the NFL come true.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER:
Being selected in the 2nd Round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.For eight seasons in Atlanta, from 1992 to 1999, Smith established himself as an All-Pro defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, his favorite childhood team. A 5X Pro Bowl Alternate, 3X NFL Defensive Player of the Week, he has been presented with 35 game balls by Teammates & coaches in his Atlanta Falcons career. He was named All Pro in 1997. He was quoted on draft day 1992, by the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “My goal as an Atlanta Falcon is to help get the Falcons to the Super Bowl and be a leader in the Atlanta Community and throughout the State of Georgia”.