Very few players could be viewed as the total athletic package. Neil Smith
may have been one of those rare exceptions as scouts felt with his skills there was little he couldn’t do on the football field. Those scouts would be right.
Neil Smith was a multi-faceted Defensive End who was equally adept at stuffing the run as defending against the pass. His true gift may have been sacking the Quarterback as he led the NFL in that category in 1993. Smith was a six-time Pro Bowler and though his skills were slightly diminished in the second half of his career, he was able to aid the Denver Broncos in their two consecutive Super Bowl wins in the late 90’s.
Smith was paired in Kansas City with Derrick Thomas who collectively made one of the fiercest defensive pairings in football. Thomas was posthumously elected into the Football Hall of Fame, but many of his achievements were aided by having Smith as a linemate.
Should Neil Smith be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 78.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.9%