Billy Ray Smith Sr.

 

NFL Teams: Los Angeles Rams (1957), Pittsburgh Steelers (1958-60), Baltimore Colts (1961-70)

Important Notes: Drafted by the Rams in the third round in 1957...traded to Pittsburgh in 1958...traded to Baltimore in 1960...missed the 1963 season due to injury...appeared in two Super Bowls with the Colts...won the Super Bowl in 1970...passed away in March of 2001 after a long battle with cancer...son Billy Ray Smith, Jr. lettered for Arkansas and played for the San Diego Chargers and is also a former Hog great.

Arkansas Notes: Lettered in 1954 and 1956 as a tackle...named one of the 50 greatest athletes from Arkansas by SI (44)...elected to the U of A Letterman's Association Hall of Honor in 1994...on the Arkansas All-Century Team and All-Decade Team of the 50's.

Links: Razorback Football History.

Fan Memories:

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BIG BILLY RAY (AS I CALLED HIM) WAS A GREAT GRANDFATHER. I LOVE HEARING OLD STORIES AND LOOKING AT OLD PICTURES.....HE WAS A VERY WELL RESPECTED ATHLETE WITH MANY PEOPLE THAT LOVED AND ADORED HIM.

Nikki H.


As a teenager, I used to live in a town house upstairs
from Billy Ray Smith, Sr. at Pleasant Ridge
Apartments. I remember that he loved to cook, hated
to eat alone, had memorabilia around his house, and
let me try on his super bowl ring. In my English
class one year, I had to do a report on someone
famous. I interviewed him for my report, got an "A"
and the guys in class went nuts over me telling them
about that super bowl ring and talking to Mr. Smith.
He was such a sweet, sweet man. He took time out to
visit with a young teenage girl and treated me as if I
were family. I was really sorry to hear about his
passing.

Lori G.


Hello, I'm Jack Reeves and I knew Billy Ray Sr. and he was a super friend of mine. I was the light Heavy Weight Champion of Arkansas in 1957 and then won the title for the Commercial Appeal Golden Gloves in Memphis and Billy Ray Sr. was the Heavyweight Champion. We made the trip together to fight in the National Golden Gloves in Chicago in '57. We both got beat in the Semi Finals. I lost to Ernie Terrell who later had a part of the world heavyweight title and was beat by Muhammad Ali. Billy Ray lost to a Bad dude, I can't recall his name but Billy Ray was a wonderful Boxer on top of being a great football player and even though I didn't see him that often after leaving AR he remained a wonderful friend that was lost way to early. God bless you Billy Ray, You'll always be a legend to me.

Jackie Reeves, a friend