Although Otis Smith only played three seasons for the Patriots, I feel that he is still worthy of a “Memory Lane Monday” post. Smith was a key contributor in helping the Pats win Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams, 20-17. Smith had two stints with New England, one in 1996 and the other from 2000-02.
After spending five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the New York Jets, Smith was signed by New England. He started nine games that season, including Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers, a 35-21 loss. During the 1996 season, Smith racked up 26 tackles and two interceptions.
Smith then rejoined the Jets from 1997-99, but was re-signed by the Pats just prior to the 2000 season. His best season with New England came in 2001, when he recorded 50 tackles, two sacks, and five interceptions. He also had an interception in Super Bowl XXXVI, which helped set up a Patriots field goal.
Smith last played for the Detroit Lions in 2003, but retired as a Patriot on May 18, 2005. During his entire 12-year career, Smith collected 543 tackles, 29 interceptions, and seven touchdowns.
He currently works as the defensive quality control coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
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