KKTV 11 News | Colorado Springs, Pueblo | Sports

Former Broncos head coach Jerry Smith dead at 80

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Jerry Smith, whose 26-year NFL coaching career included a stint as the Denver Broncos interim head coach in 1971, died. He was 80.

Smith had been in declining health since suffering a heart attack four years ago. He died Saturday, said his son, Jeffrey Smith, of Dallas.

Smith coached the offensive and defensive lines for 10 AFL/NFL teams from 1960-85 before serving six seasons as a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs.

He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1952 out of the University of Wisconsin and played three seasons for the Niners and one for the Green Bay Packers.

Smith, who went 2-3 as interim Broncos coach in `71, is survived by his wife, Shirley, two sons and three daughters. Services are next Monday in San Diego.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 127287583 - kktv.com/a?a=127287583