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R.I.P. Will Smith

If you didn’t have the pleasure of watching Will Smith, who was tragically and senselessly  killed in New Orleans on Saturday night, play for Ohio State, he was the most dominant defensive lineman I have seen in Scarlet and Gray.

He wasn’t quite the physical marvel Joey Bosa is, but he was even more disruptive.

While Sports Illustrated put Craig Krenzel on the cover after the Buckeyes won the national championship over Miami in January 2003, Austin Murphy focused on the defensive line’s role in ending the Buckeyes’ three-decade national title drought and gave Smith the first quote in his cover story.

 

If you listened closely, you could hear it calling out: Pop my cork–you’ve earned it!

Someone had left a bottle of Moet in the ice bucket in Room 6414 of the Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Even as the hundreds of Ohio State fans at the hotel — and the rest of the red-clad horde that had descended by the tens of thousands on the Valley of the Sun for the Fiesta Bowl — swung into full party mode, neither Will Smith nor Darrion Scott seemed much interested in champagne.

‘It hurts to move,’ Smith said.

Source: “The Best Damn Team…” Wins The Big One Underdog Ohio State stunned mighty Miami in a two-overtime thriller to win its first national championship since 1968

My favorite Gary Smith Sports Illustrated story

My favorite passage from a story by Gary Smith, is apparently retiring from Sports Illustrated, comes from a beautiful story he wrote in 1999 based on a picture of the TCU locker room before the Horned Frogs were to play Syracuse in the 1957 Cotton Bowl.

Some of you might not quite grasp what’s sitting and waiting for the Frogs in the room down the hall. Jim Brown stands 6’2″ and weighs 225 pounds, which is at least 35 pounds more than the average halfback of his day, not to mention 22 pounds heavier than the average player on the biggest line in the country, Notre Dame’s. He runs 100 yards in 10 seconds flat, high-jumps 6’3″, hurls the discus 155 feet and once won six events for Syracuse in a track meet, which gave him the notion that it might be fun to enter the national decathlon championship, which he did on 10 days’ practice and placed fifth. He scored 33 in a Syracuse basketball game and will be drafted by the NBA’s Syracuse Nationals, not bad for a fellow who at the time was considered to have been the greatest lacrosse player in U.S. history. He’s just finishing up a senior season in which he averaged 6.2 yards per carry, and he will average a record 5.2 yards per carry for the Cleveland Browns over the next nine years, leading the NFL in rushing in eight of those, before he’ll hang it up, as MVP, at age 30. Forgive me if you knew all that, but some legends get so large, the particulars get lost.

There was no action in the TCU locker room before the – 07.26.99 – SI Vault.