A Force on the Field

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Former Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith became the first Virginia Tech player elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday. Smith joined the Class of 2009 along with Rod Woodson, Randall McDaniel, Ralph Wilson Jr., Derrick Thomas and Bob Hayes.

Born in Norfolk, Va., Smith played for the Hokies from 1980 to '84, finishing with 46 career sacks, including 22 during his junior year. He won the Outland Trophy in his senior season and was the No. 1 overall selection in the 1985 NFL draft.

Smith played 15 seasons with Buffalo, where he helped the Bills reach four straight Super Bowls. He played his final four seasons with Washington and became the NFL's all-time sack leader in 2003, passing Reggie White. Smith finished with 200 career sacks, had 13 seasons with at least 10 sacks and had a personal single-season high of 19 sacks in 1990.

Smith, 45, was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and was a nine-time all-pro.

In 2005, Smith was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and a year later he joined the College Football Hall of Fame.

-- Gene Wang


Position: Defensive End

Height, weight: 6-4, 280

Teams: 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000-03 Washington Redskins.



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Pro Bowl appearances


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