Bruce Smith was known as one of the NFL's most fearsome defensive players.
Smith attended Virginia Tech and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills as
the number one overall draft pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Smith became
known as a sack specialist, with 15 in 1986 and 19 in 1990.
was named to the Pro Bowl every season from 1987 to 1998 (except for
his injury-laden 1991 season). Smith was twice named the AP's NFL
Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1996) and thrice named UPI's AFC
Defensive Player of the Year (1988, 1990, 1996).
In his 19 NFL
seasons, Smith played in 279 games, amassing 200 sacks, 2
interceptions, 33 forced fumbles, and 15 fumble recoveries, which he
returned for 33 yards and a touchdown.