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Leonard Smith


Leonard Phillip Smith

Inducted 2014

Date of Birth



New Orleans, LA


McNeese State University (1980-1982)


One of the greatest players in McNeese State history, cornerback Leonard Smith earned All-American honors during a standout career in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and became the first Cowboy to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. An injury caused Smith to redshirt his 1979 freshman season. In 1980, the team went 10-2 and captured the Southland Conference, earning an Independence Bowl bid. The following year Smith was named to the all-conference team and earned FCS All-America notice when the division was created in 1982. In addition to being a defensive standout, he excelled on special teams, setting school records for blocked kicks in a season (6) and in a career (17). Picked 17th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft, Smith was the highest pick ever in Southland Conference and school history. He played nine seasons with the Cardinals and Buffalo Bills, and he helped lead the Bills to Super Bowls XXV and XXVI. After retiring, the New Orleans native became a private businessman.


Height 6'0"

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1982 All-Conference
  • 1982 First-Team All-America (FCS)
  • 1981 All-Conference
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