Akili Smith
Personal Information
Jersey #(s)
11, 17
Born: August 21 1975 (1975-08-21) (age 44) in San Diego, California, U.S.
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Career information
Year(s) 19992007
NFL Draft 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
NFL Supplemental Draft / Pick:
College Oregon
Professional teams
*Offseason/practice squad member only
Career stats
Pass attempts/Completions/Comp. Pct (%) 461/215/56.6%
TD-INT 5 TDs-13 INTs
Passing yards/QB Rating 2,212 Pass Yds./52.8 RTG
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable acheivements

Kabisa Akili Maradufu Smith (born August 21, 1975 in San Diego, California) is a former professional American and Canadian football quarterback. He was selected in the first round (3rd overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, the third quarterback in the first three choices, behind Tim Couch (Cleveland Browns), and Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles). Smith played college football at the University of Oregon.

In his career, Smith has also played for the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Frankfurt Galaxy, and Calgary Stampeders.

College careerEdit

Smith attended Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, the alma mater of Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis,[1] before choosing to go Grossmont College, a junior college in the San Diego area for two years, prior to transferring to University of Oregon. Smith came to the foreground of draft discussions because of his performance in his senior season at Oregon, throwing 32 touchdown passes in only 11 starts in college.

Professional careerEdit

1999 DraftEdit

In the 1999 NFL Draft, a year when five quarterbacks would be drafted in the first round, Smith was the third quarterback and third player selected overall, by the Cincinnati Bengals.

National Football League (1999 - 2005)Edit

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Prior to the draft, there was an effort by New Orleans Saints' head coach Mike Ditka and management to get the Cincinnati Bengals' high draft position so the Saints could get Ricky Williams. The final offer, which was refused by Bengals management, was for nine draft picks, several extra in that year as well as many the next year. Instead of taking the trade, the Bengals stayed with their initial decision to draft Smith, who, while athletic, (he had also played two years of minor-league baseball and ran a 4.66 40-yard dash[2]) was still largely unproven, having only succeeded at the college level for one season.

Smith missed large periods of 1999 training camp due to contract disputes; many pundits Template:Who later speculated that his absence from this part of training camp hurt him in the seasons to comeTemplate:Citation needed. Despite showing athleticism in his early games, he failed to grasp the Bengals playbook fully, and never established himself with the team. During the four years he was with the Bengals, he would only start in 17 games and throw just five TD passes next to 13 interceptions, eventually leading to his release in 2002, after riding the bench mostly during the previous two years.

Green Bay Packers/Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Frankfurt GalaxyEdit

In 2003, Smith tried out for the Green Bay Packers, as Brett Favre's backup. He was, however, unsuccessful there and was later released.[3] In 2005, he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a stint in NFL Europe where he started four games for the Frankfurt Galaxy.

Canadian Football League (2007)Edit

Calgary Stampeders (2007)Edit

In 2007, Smith signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, where he was expected to compete for the starting quarterback position with another former NFL player, Henry Burris. After an unimpressive debut in an exhibition against the Edmonton Eskimos, Smith played well in the final exhibition against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Though listed going into the game as the third-string quarterback, he completed three touchdown passes in only one half of play, including one to former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marc Boerigter.

In his first regular season action, replacing Burris in the second quarter on July 12, Smith struggled against the Toronto Argonauts. He finished 6-of-10 for 63 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. He also lost one fumble. He was then pulled at the end of the half.

After an unimpressive showing against the Roughriders on October 8, 2007, going 4-of-12, for 37 yards, along with the impending return of a healthy Burris, the Stampeders released Smith on October 10, 2007.

After football Edit

After retiring from football, he was the quarterbacks coach for Grossmont College. Smith is a deacon at Missionary Baptist Church and plays football for God's House, a flag football team.[4]

In March 2010 Smith joined the University of California's football staff as a graduate assistant to work with the offense. Cal head coach Jeff Tedford previously coached Smith at Oregon when he was offensive coordinator.[5]


  1. Special Feature on Lincoln High School's History. San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved on 2007-09-28.
  2. Akili Smith, DS #4 QB, Oregon. Retrieved on 2009-01-16.
  3. Tight end Tyrone Davis also released. ESPN (2003-08-26).
  4. Sports Illustrated July 2009 Where Are They Now?: Akili Smith
  5. Coach Bio: Akili Smith. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.

External linksEdit

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