Hoped to play college football at the University of Texas, but while coach Darrell Royal was willing to offer him a scholarship, he couldn't guarantee he would ever get to play. Texas did not integrate its football program until 1970.
Was the first overall pick in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts.
Spent nine seasons in the NFL playing for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers.
Gained recognition after his playing career as a pitchman for Miller Lite beer.
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
Willie Ray Smith Jr. — Brother
Georgia Smith — Mother
Willie Ray Smith Sr. — Father
Tody Smith — Brother
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States (BS in Sociology, 1967)