Ed Smith - Mt. Holly Pro Day Honoree 1999


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Ed Smith was honored along with his brother Irv at Mt. Holly Pro Day 1999

Born June 5, 1969 in Trenton, NJ, Ed was a natural athlete playing both baseball and football at Pemberton High School.  On the football field he was a tight end and punter.Chicago White Sox

He declined football scholarships to Penn State and Florida to begin his professional baseball career out of high school. Ed was drafted by the Chicago White as a power-hitting third baseman.  He eventually ended up with the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system.  Ed played nine seasons of minor league baseball.

He then decided to try his hand in professional football.  Ed went overseas with the NFL-Europe in 1996 where he played tight end for the Frankfort (Germany) Galazy.  Washington Redskins

From there Smith was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins in 1996 for their practice squad. It was during that same season that Ed's dream of being a NFL pro came true.  He was taken off of the practice squad and activated. 

Ironically, his first NFL game was against his brother's team, the New Orleans Saints. The brothers would again be on opposing teams in 1998 with Irv playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith won an NFC championship with the Falcons in 1998.

In yet another strange quirk of fate, Ed and his brother Irv were both vying for the same tight end position with the Cleveland Browns in 1999. The year Ed split the season between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. His NFL career ended following that season. XFL Birmingham Bolts

Undaunted, in 2001 Smith played for the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL during that league's only season.

In 2011, Smith launched EZ Sports Talk Show on KXXT 1010AM in Phoenix. In 2017 EZ Sports Talk was relaunched on NBC Sports Radio KDUS, 1060AM. The format features a weekly in-depth look at the local sports landscape, in addition to national storylines and hot topics. Smith's background, with 9 years of minor league baseball and 6 years of professional football, has provided him with a unique knowledge and expertise of the sports world. Smith is also a motivational/inspirational speaker. He shares his inspirational message with audiences across the country and around the globe. With speeches tailored to leaders, youth sports, and business executives, Smith shares insights and lessons from his life journey and pro sports career to help others focus their energy on achieving their goals and increasing performance.

 

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