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Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith (born February 28, 1945) is an Americanmarker actor and former athlete. He was a professional football player in the 1960s and 1970s who became an actor in the late 1970s. Born in Orangemarker, Texasmarker, he attended Beaumont Charlton-Pollard high school in Beaumont, Texasmarker. In addition to his great football ability, he was well known for what was considered to be a tremendous size at the time of his football career: 6 ft 7 in (201 cm), 260 lbs (118 kg), and size 16 feet. He is the highest drafted Michigan State player in the NFL draft.

College athlete

Smith played college football at Michigan State Universitymarker. He was awarded with All-America honors in 1965 and 1966. In his junior season the Spartans tied for a National Title with Alabama after losing the 1966 Rose Bowl 14-12 on January 1, 1966. In his senior season, he played in the "Game of the Century" (a 10–10 tie at home against the University of Notre Damemarker). Michigan State finished 2nd in the voting behind Notre Dame but still got a share of the National Title. In 1988, Smith was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Famemarker. Smith was a popular athlete at Michigan State, earning the slogan "Kill Bubba Kill."

Michigan State retired his number 95 jersey on September 23, 2006, prior to the Spartans' home game against Notre Dame, amid repeated cheers of his old slogan from the student section. This game also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the "Game of the Century".

Professional football player

Smith spent nine seasons in the NFL as a defensive end. He was the first overall selection in the 1967 NFL Draft, chosen by the Baltimore Colts (he became the first African-American overall #1 to actually play in a game, as the first overall player with this distinction, Ernie Davis, died without ever playing a single down). Baltimore won Super Bowl V at the end of the 1970 season, earning Smith his only Super Bowl ring. However, in interviews, he has stated that he never wears the ring, as it was seen as a "sloppy" game by many. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders before the 1973 season, and finished his career with the Houston Oilers. He was selected All-Pro in 1971, All-AFC 1970 and 1971, went to two Pro Bowls (also 1970 and 1971) and was a Second-team All-Pro in 1968 and 1970.

Professional actor

After leaving professional football, Smith began his acting career in small movie and television roles in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is best known for his role as Moses Hightower in the Police Academy film series, a role he has reprised in all but one of the Police Academy sequels. He is the long time spokesman of Baltimoremarker area law firm Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg. Smith starred in the short-lived television series Blue Thunder, partnering with Pro Football Hall of Famemarker defensive star Dick Butkus. He was also a part of the successful Miller Lite beer advertising campaign demonstrating "the easy opening can". He also appeared once in an episode of Family Matters as Bones, a thuggish debt collector for a local bookie. The nickname, Bones explains, is derived from what he does to clients who don't settle their debts in a timely manner. He also appeared twice on Married… with Children, once as Al's old football nemesis "Spare Tire" Dixon and once as himself. Other TV appearances include the 1980s sitcoms Mr. Belvedere and Who's the Boss?. He also appeared from time to time on the sitcom "Good Times" as one of Sweet Daddy's body guards along with John Amos, Ester Rolle, and Jimmie Walker.

Personal

Smith was born in Orange, Texasmarker. His brother, Tody, played collegiately for the University of Southern Californiamarker and professionally for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers, and Buffalo Bills. His Father was Willie Ray Smith, Sr. He played high school football for his father, coach Willie Ray Smith, Sr. Willie Ray is the father of three All-State Smiths -- Willie Ray, Jr., Tody, and Bubba. They made Charlton Pollard High School a perennial power in Texas high school football. In Bubba's senior year the school was 11-0, and college recruiters constantly recruited at the Smith household until Bubba decided to attend Michigan State University.

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