The NFL community has been hit with devastating news as reports have emerged that former defensive end Chris Smith has passed away at the age of 31.
The news was confirmed by his agent Drew Rosenhaus on Tuesday morning, with no cause of death being announced.
Rest in Peace Chris. Condolences to all his family, friends and loved ones. We will miss you pic.twitter.com/alpUAeqIhY
— Drew Rosenhaus (@DrewJRosenhaus) April 18, 2023
Smith had a solid career in the NFL, having played for a total of 7 teams during his time in the league. He was most notably associated with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns, but also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, and Houston Texans.
He was picked in the 5th round of the 2014 Draft and played in 72 games throughout his career, accumulating a total of 11 sacks and playing in 1,398 defensive snaps.
In 2023, Smith had been playing for the Seattle Sea Dragons in the XFL, making a strong impression in the league. His sudden death has sent shockwaves throughout the NFL and beyond, with fans and fellow athletes expressing their condolences on social media.
Tributes have been pouring in for the late player, with Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson writing he “always was in great spirits RIP bro”. Other players, including Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson and Browns David Njoku, have also spoken out about their sadness at the news.
😒🙏🏾Always was in great spirits RIP bro
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 18, 2023
Chris Smith played for the Arkansas Razorbacks for four years before being drafted into the NFL. He was known for his athleticism and hard work both on and off the field. His sudden and untimely passing has hurt the NFL community, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
We extend our deepest condolences to Chris Smith’s family, friends, loved ones, and fans during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Chris Smith.