Akili Smith Speaker Profile
Former Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
Akili Smith Biography
Akili Smith was born August 21, 1975 in San Diego,California and is a former professional American and Canadian footballquarterback. He was selected in the first round (3rd overall) of the 1999 NFLDraft by the Cincinnati Bengals, the third quarterback in the first threechoices, behind Tim Couch (Cleveland Browns), and Donovan McNabb (PhiladelphiaEagles). Smith played college football at the University of Oregon.
In his career, Smith has also played for the Green BayPackers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Frankfurt Galaxy, and Calgary Stampeders.
In the 1999 NFL Draft, a year when five quarterbacks would be drafted in thefirst round, Smith was the third quarterback and third player selected overall,by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Prior to the draft, there was an effort by New Orleans Saints' head coach MikeDitka and management to get the Bengals' high draft position so the Saintscould get Ricky Williams. The final offer, which was refused by Bengalsmanagement, was for nine draft picks, several extra in that year as well asmany the next year. Instead of taking the trade, the Bengals stayed with theirinitial decision to draft Smith, who, while athletic, (he had also played twoyears of minor-league baseball and ran a 4.66 40-yard dash) was still largelyunproven, having only succeeded at the college level for one season.
Smith missed large periods of 1999 training camp due tocontract disputes; many pundits later speculated that his absence from thispart of training camp hurt him in the seasons to come. Despiteshowing athleticism in his early games, he failed to grasp the Bengals playbookfully, and never established himself with the team. During the four years hewas with the Bengals, he would only start in 17 games, eventually leading tohis release in 2002.
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