Smith starred as a running back at Ohio State from 1990-92 and for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings from 1993-2000. At Ohio State, Smith earned the Mr. Football award in 1988 and 1989 – the first player to win the award twice. He also competed in track and field.
In high school, Smith earned the Gatorade Player of the Year award for football in 1990.
Minnesota drafted Smith in the first round in 1993. While with the Vikings, he averaged 4.8 yards per carry and had 32 touchdowns with a career 6,818 yards rushing – the Vikings’ all-time record. He also had six touchdowns on 1,292 career yards receiving. In 2000, he led the NFC in rushing with 1,521 yards. Smith also holds the NFL record for average yards per touchdown run with 27.2 yards.
Smith is the author of The Rest of the Iceberg: An Insider’s View on the World of Sport and Celebrity. He is also an amateur astronomer.