Billy Ray Smith was a professional football player from America in the National Football League and played as a linebacker. He played in the NFL for ten years, starting from 1980 to 1990. He was also involved in football in his college times and played for the University of Arkansas. He was also a part of the consensus All-American two times. He got selected in the 1983 NFL Draft’s First Round and was picked up by San Diego Charger. He stayed with the same team for several years and gave some memorable performances.
Billy Ray Smith Jr. was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and spent most of his childhood in Plano, Texas. He went to the Plano Senior High School. His father, Billy Ray Smith Sr. was also a legendary football player and played defensive lineman from 1957 to 1970. He had also been inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. In the year 2005, he became an inductee in the Plano Texas Hall of Honour. He played football for his high school team and helped them to win the Texas 4A state championship held at the Texas Stadium. The final was watched by a crowd of 50000 people, which is still an unbeaten record. It was one of the first and biggest achievements of his life and brought him into the major limelight.
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While studying at the University of Arkansas, he became consensus All-American two times, in 1981 and 1982. In the year 1982, he led the team as the captain and took them to the victory with a record of 9-2-1 during the Bluebonnet Bowl while playing against Florida. He did around 299 tackles throughout his career and is the Arkansas record holder for the career tackles for loss, which is 63. He was also the part of Arkansas All-Decade Team announced in 1993 and was also voted for the Arkansas All-Century Team. He was also honoured by being inducted into the Razorback Hall of Honour and the Arkansas State Hall of Fame. In 2000, he became a part of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Billy’s professional football career started in 1983 when he joined the San Diego Chargers. He was the fifth pick of the 1st Round and was the first defensive player picked during that draft. After joining the team, he got the MVP award in 1987 and became the team defensive player of the year for two consecutive years; 1985 and 1986.
After begin retired from football, Billy started as a co-host of the U-T TV morning show. After leaving that show, he joined the XX Sports Radio with Scott Kaplan. Currently, he is living in San Diego and is hosting several sports programs and radio shows. He also worked as an analyst on the NFL on Fox. He is married to Kimberly Hunt, who is also a popular and experienced news anchor.
If we talk about the net worth of Billy Ray Smith, it is estimated to be $69 million.