Timmy Smith, the former Washington Redskins running back who was a standout in Super Bowl XXII, and his brother were arrested in Denver yesterday on cocaine distribution charges, federal authorities said.

Smith, 41, and his brother, Chris Smith, 35, were arrested after meeting an undercover agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration to sell cocaine, according to the DEA and the U.S. attorney's office. Authorities said the DEA had been investigating Timmy Smith since April, and they indicated that he'd sold cocaine to undercover officers in the Denver area on seven occasions, including yesterday.

Smith and his brother were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. Each faces 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million if convicted, authorities said.

The DEA and the U.S. attorney's office said that assets worth approximately $100,000 and 1.3 kilograms of cocaine (just less than 2.9 pounds) had been seized in the case.

Smith was not available to comment. He was in custody yesterday and was to be held over the weekend before making a court appearance Monday. Authorities said they were not aware of him retaining or being assigned an attorney. Authorities said that Smith lives in Denver and works as a youth counselor, and that he participated in several football camps this summer. His brother lives in Lakewood, Colo., according to authorities.

Smith is remembered as one of football's great one-hit wonders, rushing for a Super Bowl-record 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 42-10 triumph over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII on Jan. 31, 1988.

Smith's NFL career was otherwise unremarkable, and he last played in the league in 1990.

-- Mark Maske