Former New Orleans Saints’ defensive end Will Smith was murdered early Sunday morning in a road-rage incident, just a month after he was voted to be a member of the team’s 2016 Hall of Fame class.
Smith was voted into the class this year in March, but the official announcement was not set to be made until May 17. However, his untimely shooting resulted in many media outlets reporting the news.
Smith was just 34 years old and will sadly have to be inducted posthumously later this year. He was an integral piece of the Saints’ teams that played in the 2006 NFC Championship and won their first and only Super Bowl in 2009.
Will Smith was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft as the Saints used their 18th overall pick on the defensive end out of Ohio State. He spent all ten seasons of his career with the team, recording 67.5 sacks, 324 tackles, and 20 forced fumbles.
To say that he is worthy of a Hall of Fame nod, even if just with his team, would certainly be an understatement.
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