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Former NFL defensive end Chris Smith dies at 31

Former NFL defensive end Chris Smith dies at 31

No details regarding the conditions of Smith’s fatality were shared. Smith played eight periods in the NFL and also signed with the XFL’s Seattle Sea Dragons in March.

Previous NFL defensive lineman and also current XFL gamer Chris Smith has passed away at 31, officials claimed Tuesday.

The cause and time of Smith’s death were not instantly shared.

” Chris was a powerful presence in the locker room. Loved and also admired by his colleagues and also the training personnel,” the XFL claimed in a statement. “Our ideas and also prayers go out to his entire family at this tough time.”

Smith’s high school, West Rowan High School in North Carolina, composed in a tribute introducing his fatality Monday on Twitter: “Relax In Peace to a West Rowan Legend!”

” Chris was a better individual than he was gamer! The influence he carried those around him will be recalled for life!” the declaration stated.

After secondary school, Smith, of Mount Ulla, played for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks and was selected in the 5th round of the 2014 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He played 8 periods in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, the Las Vegas Raiders as well as the Houston Texans in 2021.

He authorized with the XFL’s Seattle Sea Dragons in March. He played five games with the Sea Dragons, making five takes on.

” The whole XFL family mourns the loss of Chris Smith, a cherished player as well as member of the Seattle Sea Dragons,” the team said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

Tributes poured in on social media sites.

Browns tight end David Njoku tweeted: “Relax in heaven Chris Smith. Hometown hero as well as a bro to everybody. Such a kind spirit. This is Heartbreaking.”

Buffalo Bills tight end Shaq Lawson composed: “Guy Prayers up for Chris Smith family.”

Previous Raiders quarterback Derek Carr shared a picture of Smith from their days playing together with the inscription: “Love you bro.”

Mike “Jocko” Jacques, the sporting activities director of NBC associate WMTV of Madison, Wisconsin, tweeted: “Liked making that man laugh. I’ll always remember your smile and I’ll never forget just how difficult you functioned to make yourself much better on as well as off the field.”

Charlotte Observer sportswriter Mike Kaye tweeted that Smith “had a smile that might illuminate any type of room he remained in.”

Zac Jackson, a press reporter for The Athletic, tweeted: “Horrible news about the death of previous Browns and Bengals (to name a few) DE Chris Smith. Chris was just one of the nicest individuals to ever come through the Browns storage locker space.”

Smith’s partner, Petara Cordero, with whom he shares a child, died in September 2019 when she was struck by an automobile.

Smith– then authorized with the Browns– wrote in a touching tribute on Instagram: “God has a plan for all of us we can not recognize but she is in a much better location currently as well as she can rest simple. My wifey my best friend and the mommy of my stunning child. Love you infant.”

Last Updated: 19 April 2023

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