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300. Fred Smerlas

A Second Rounder from Boston College in 1979, Fred Smerlas was with the Buffalo Bills from the depths of their ineptitude to the beginning of their four straight Super Bowl appearances.  Smerlas was an All-Rookie Selection in 1979 and was a Pro Bowler in 1980, where he was in consideration for the Defensive Player of the Year.  The Nose Tackle would again go to the Pro Bowl in 1981, 1982 and 1983 and was a First Team All-Pro in the middle year.  He would have a fifth Pro Bowl Selection in 1989.

Smerlas would be named to both the 25th and 50th Buffalo Bills Anniversary Team, which is a very impressive accolade.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 1998
  • Position: Defensive Tackle, Nose Tackle
  • Played For: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers
  • College: Boston College
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 32nd Overall in 1979
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1982)

    Second Team All-Pro (1983)

    Pro Bowl (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1988)

    All-Rookie (1979)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1) (1982)

Should Fred Smerlas be in the Hall of Fame?

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