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.)


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  • by MO Location: CO SPGS on Aug 9, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    R.I.P. Mr. Smith
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