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How Much Alphonso Smith Loves Football

December 15, 2016
Even back when Alphonso Smith was a child growing up in Pahokee, Florida, he has considered football to be an important part of his life. Sure, he played some basketball for Pahokee High School, but his passion was always for football. Playing both quarterback and defensive back, he was a critical player on a team that went to the Class 2B state championship in 2003. That same year, Alphonso Smith was also runner-up for Florida Player of the Year and earned All-State honors.

Following high school, Alphonso Smith played football for the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons in North Carolina from 2004-2008, where he was a defensive standout for coach Jim Grobe. He set a school record for interceptions and he even tied for most interceptions in the country at one point. Alphonso still holds the ACC record for the most career interceptions. He was also honored as a first-team All-ACC player and a second-team All-America player from Walter Camp. He didn’t just star on the football field; he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in History in 2008.

In 2009, Alphonso Smith was drafted into the NFL and played in the league for four years, for the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions. After his final release from the Lions and the NFL, Alphonso worked for a time as a sideline reporter and broadcaster with IMG in North Carolina. After that, he became an assistant coach for Carver High School in North Carolina for some time before he decided on a return to his home town of Pahokee to be the head coach and dean of students for his alma mater. In his first year, Smith led the Blue Devils to an 8-2 regular season record and a district title.