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 Riley Henry “General” Smith

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Riley Henry “General” Smith

  • Birth 14 Jul 1911 Carrollton, Carroll County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 9 Aug 1999 Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
  • Plot Section 1
  • Memorial ID 23530225

Professional football player. He began playing football in high school in Greenwood, Mississippi. At the University of Alabama, he was converted from a fullback to quarterback after the 1933 season. He led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1934. In 1935 he was named to the All-America teams of the Associated Press, Collier's Magazine and the All-America Board. He also won the Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker in the Southeastern Conference. He played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Chicago All-Star Game and the New York All-Star Game and was captain of his team in each one. He was the second player chosen in the first-ever NFL draft. He played in the NFL for the Redskins from 1936 thru 1938. An injury ended his playing career, and he moved to Washington and Lee, as assistant coach in 1939 and head coach 1940-42. He served in the Navy as Lieutenant commander in 1942-45 and became a real estate developer in Mobile, Alabama. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985. He was also in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, and Mobile Sports Hall of Fame.

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  • Originally Created by: Mel Bashore
  • Added: 22 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23530225
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Riley Henry “General” Smith (14 Jul 1911–9 Aug 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23530225, citing Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .