COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Buckeye Nation is remembering former football standout Will Smith after he was shot and killed in New Orleans.
Smith played for the buckeyes from 2000-2003 and was part of the 2002 Ohio State national championship team.
Former OSU football teammate Jonathan Wells says, “He is going to be greatly missed man. He is going to be greatly missed.”
Wells remembers Smith caught his attention the minute he stepped on the practice field. He explains, “We knew he was special from the time he got to Ohio State. He didn’t disappoint us.”
Former OSU teammate Simon Fraser recalls Smith setting the tone for the 2002 national championship game against Miami. Fraser says, “First play of the game on defense, Will goes around the corner and sacks Ken Dorsey and sets the tempo for the whole game.”
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Off the field, Smith and his family remained in New Orleans after his playing days. He cemented a legacy both on and off the field in the Big Easy. Wells explains, “This man, his foundation is here, the things he did for the inner city here. He left his legacy. ”
Smith, married and a father of three, helped bring the Saints back to prominence. The college All-American will always be a buckeye, always wearing the scarlet and gray.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer told reporters in a press conference Monday, “We had a moment of silence and lifted up the family in prayer this morning. It’s just tragic.”
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel also spent time reflecting on the life of Will Smith. Tressel says, “We lost one of the real good guys, and you never want to lose anyone, but gosh when you lose one of the real good guys, and one of the ones you had so much respect for, it’s more difficult.”
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