Deion Sanders now will coach at the collegiate level. He was recently named the head coach of the Jackson State University football team. This is a big step forward for HBCU’s with someone like Sanders coaching the football team.
One Jackson State alum and former Super Bowl champion want to be a part of Sanders’ coaching staff, and his name is Jimmy Smith.
Jimmy Smith was a standout player at Jackson State
Out of high school, Smith did not receive any Division I offers and decided to accept a scholarship from Jackson State, a Division I-AA program at the time. During his first two years at Jackson State, he was a backup wide receiver. As a junior, he and Tim Barnett became the top receiving duo in Division I-AA. That season Smith had 40 receptions for 877 yards and nine touchdowns.
Smith continued to have success on the field during his senior season. He led the team in receptions with 43 and had 801 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Smith set a school record in a game against Delaware State University with 10 receptions for 239 yards. He finished his career at Jackson State with 110 receptions, 2,073 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
Smith received his degree in business administration, and in 2011 he was named to the Jackson State All-Century team.
A look at Jimmy Smith’s NFL career
The Dallas Cowboys selected Smith in the third round of the 1992 NFL draft. He missed the first four games of the season due to an injury, and when he returned, he was listed as the fourth wide receiver on the Cowboys’ depth chart. Smith did not receive much playing time during his rookie season but was a part of the Cowboys team that won the Super Bowl. He received his first Super Bowl ring as a rookie.
Smith was determined to earn more playing time in his second season with Dallas, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out in his favor. In August of 1993, he underwent an emergency appendectomy surgery. After the surgery, he experienced severe pain in his stomach, which caused a severe post-surgical infection. He went into emergency surgery for an Ileostomy. Smith was forced to miss the entire season and the Cowboys’ second consecutive Super Bowl title. The Cowboys waived Smith in 1994 after he refused to take a pay cut.
In 1995, he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he finished his NFL career. Smith had a lot of success during his time in Jacksonville. During his second season with the team in 1996, he posted his first 1,000 plus yard season, finishing with 1,244 receiving yards, which led the AFC. He had seven consecutive seasons with 1,000 plus receiving yards. During his time with the Jaguars, he was selected to five Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro selection, and he led the NFL in receptions during the 1999 season with 116.
Jimmy Smith pleading his case to be a part of Jackson State’s coaching staff
In an interview with TMZ, Smith talked about how he wanted to be a part of the coaching staff at his alma mater. “I would almost give my left arm to be a part of this staff,” Smith said in the interview.
“Please, please let me be a part of this historic event that’s going on right now.” “I want to be a part of it and I’m sure I’m not the only one.” Smith knows that Jackson State will receive a lot of attention now that Sanders is the head coach, and Smith wants to be a part of something special. It would make sense if he was hired on to the staff since he played at Jackson State and had success there. Right now, Smith will just have to wait and see if Sanders decides to bring him on.