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Chris Smith, who spent eight seasons in the NFL, has died at the age of 31. His alma mater of West Rowan High School in North Carolina shared the news on Twitter late Monday night.
No cause of death has been announced at this time.
The defensive end was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars after a strong college career at Arkansas.
Smith played in a total of 72 NFL games over the course of his professional career with five different organizations. He spent three years in Jacksonville before playing two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. His last NFL appearance came with the Houston Texans during the 2021 campaign.
Cleveland tight end David Njoku was one of many to share their condolences about Smith’s passing on Twitter.
Smith played in four games with the XFL’s Seattle Dragons and picked up five tackles earlier this year.
The former Razorback suffered a tragedy in 2019 when his girlfriend Petara Cordero died after a car accident in Cleveland. Smith was driving the car, and while the two of them were able to exit the vehicle without major injury, Cordero was then struck by an oncoming vehicle.
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I fear it’s the “safe and effective” striking again.
Every time I hear of a young person dying, that’s my first thought.
It’s the only logical explanation, really. There’s too much of this going on for it to be just something that is perceived to be an issue from a few extra media stories. Cause it ain’t just a few extra.