Will Smith, 32, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2004-13) after joining the team as a first round draft pick (18th overall) out of Ohio State in 2004. The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder was released by the Saints on Feb. 12, 2014.
Will Smith was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on May 5, 2014 ... Originally drafted by New Orleans in the first round (18th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft ... Released by New Orleans (2/12/14).CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASONAL REVIEWS2013 (0/0 – New Orleans)
- Elected defensive captain with New Orleans five times (2007-11) over his 10-year career.
- Smith’s 67½ career sacks with New Orleans rank fourth all time in Saints history.
- Led New Orleans in sacks for four seasons, including three consecutive years from 2005-07.
- Earned Pro Bowl honors in 2006
- Named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team.
2012 (16/16 – New Orleans)
- Spent the 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.
2011 (14/14, 2/2 – New Orleans)
- Started all 16 games at defensive end and registered 67 tackles, six sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.
- Compiled a season-high eight tackles and one sack vs. Kansas City (9/23).
- Made three tackles and tied a single-game career high with two sacks vs. Philadelphia (11/5).
2010 (15/15, 1/1 – New Orleans)
- Elected defensive captain by his teammates for the fifth straight season.
- Started 14 regular-season games and missed two games due to an NFL suspension.
- Recorded 52 tackles, 6½ sacks, one pass defensed and forced two fumbles.
- Started both postseason games and finished with six tackles.
- Became the fourth player in team history to compile 60 career sacks with an Eli Manning takedown vs. N.Y. Giants (11/28).
2009 (16/16, 3/3 – New Orleans)
- Elected defensive captain by his teammates for the fourth consecutive year.
- Started all 15 regular-season games he played and finished with 70 tackles, 5½ sacks, one interception, five passes defensed and one forced fumble.
- Was inactive due to injury at Arizona (10/10), missing his first game since 2006.
- Started the NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle (1/8) and posted four tackles.
- Compiled five tackles, 1½ sacks and one pass defensed vs. Pittsburgh (10/31).
- Made six tackles and intercepted the second pass of his career at Dallas (11/25) that led to a Saints field goal.
2008 (16/16 – New Orleans)
- Elected defensive captain by his teammates for the third straight season.
- Started all 16 regular-season games and compiled 77 tackles, posted a career-high 13 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and three forced fumbles.
- Tallied a sack in five consecutive games in November.
- Started all three postseason contests en route to a Saint win in Super Bowl XLIV and compiled 10 tackles, one interception and forced one fumble. Both turnovers led to Saints touchdowns.
- Posted six tackles and his first career interception at Buffalo (9/27).
- Registered six tackles, 1½ sacks and a forced fumble that was recovered in the end zone for a Saints touchdown at N.Y. Jets (10/4)
- Posted consecutive multi-sack performances vs. Atlanta (11/2) and vs. Carolina (11/8).
- Intercepted his first career postseason pass vs. Arizona (1/16) in the NFC Divisional Playoff that led to a Saints touchdown.
- Totaled seven tackles and forced a fumble that led to a Saints touchdown in the NFC Championship Game vs. Minnesota (1/24).
- Made two tackles in Super Bowl XLIV win vs. Indianapolis (2/7).
2007 (16/16 – New Orleans)
- Elected defensive captain by his teammates for the second consecutive year.
- Started all 16 games and made 77 tackles, three sacks, forced one fumble and defensed one pass.
- Made five stops, one sack and forced one fumble that led to a Patriots touchdown vs. San Francisco (9/28).
- Recorded a season-high eight tackles vs. at Tampa Bay (11/30).
2006 (14/14, 2/2 – New Orleans)
- Elected defensive captain by his teammates for the first time.
- Started all 16 games and totaled 75 tackles, a team-high seven sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered three fumbles and defensed three passes.
- Recorded four tackles, a sack and forced a fumble vs. Carolina (10/7).
- Posted a season-high eight tackles and a sack vs. St. Louis (11/11).
- Made six tackles and recorded his first career safety vs. Tampa Bay (12/2).
2005 (16/9 – New Orleans)
- Elected to his first career Pro Bowl.
- Started 14 regular-season games and totaled 56 tackles, 10½ sacks, two passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
- Was inactive due to injury vs. San Francisco (12/3) and was a healthy scratch vs. Carolina (12/31), with the Saints having already clinched a playoff berth.
- Started both playoff contests and totaled 15 tackles.
- Notched five tackles and recorded the first two-sack game of his career at Tampa Bay (11/5).
- Registered back-to-back two-sack performances at Atlanta (11/26) and at Dallas (12/10).
2004 (16/4 – New Orleans)
- Appeared in all 16 games with nine starts and finished with 85 tackles, a team-high 8½ sacks, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
- Tallied five tackles, one sack and a forced fumble at Carolina (9/11) - marking a club record with the fifth straight contest Smith had caused a fumble.
- Registered a career-high 12 tackles, 1½ sacks and a forced fumble at New England (11/20).
- Played in all 16 games with four starts and totaled 59 tackles, 7½ sacks, a team-high five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
- Closed out his rookie season with a forced fumble in four straight games.
- Posted six tackles and his first career sack in only his second career game vs. San Francisco (9/19).
- Tallied a sack in three straight games at Atlanta (11/28), vs. Carolina (12/5) and at Dallas (12/12).
- Started 37-of-51 career games at defensive end at Ohio State and finished with 167 tackles, 21 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
- Selected to OSU’s All-Decade Team.
- First-team All-American, All-Big 10 selection and conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior in 2003 after posting 49 tackles, 10½ sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
- All-Big 10 selection as a junior, appearing in every game despite suffering a midseason knee sprain in a national championship season and posted 5½ sacks, one forced fumble an interception and a fumble recovery.
- Named the team’s Outstanding First-Year Defensive Player as a freshman after registering three sacks in his first campaign.
- Majored in criminology at Ohio State.
- Was an All-American at Proctor High School (Utica, N.Y.), where he had 20 sacks as a senior.
- Also named Mohawk Valley Player of the Year as a senior and junior and was runner up for the state’s Player of the Year Honors.
- Also was an All-CNY first-team selection and a Football New York All-State selection.
- Was a basketball standout and ran on the track team, finishing second in the New York state 4x100 relay.
- Founded “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” foundation that mentors, assists and provides educational and athletic support to at-risk children, as well as working with several charitable organizations throughout Louisiana.
- Sits on the advisory board of Athletes and Artists Alliance which engagesi in productive dialogue with lawmakers, policy makers and opinion leaders, so the voices of the artistic and athletic community can be heard on the many important issues facing the nation.
- In 2013, he attended the NFL Franchising Boot Camp at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
- Born July 4, 1981.H Made five stops, one sack and forced one fumble that led to a Patriots touchdown vs. San Francisco (9/28).
- Recorded a season-high eight tackles vs. at Tampa Bay (11/30).
- Born July 4, 1981.
- Will studied criminology in college and wants to become an FBI agent when he retires.
- Smith founded “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” foundation that mentors, assists and provides educational and athletic support to at-risk children, as well as working with several charitable organizations throughout Louisiana.
- In 2013, Will attended the NFL Franchising Boot Camp at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team