Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was killed Saturday night in New Orleans in an apparent road rage incident.
Smith, 34, was rear-ended by a person in a Hummer, and after both the driver of the Hummer and Smith got out of their cars and exchanged words, the Hummer driver shot Smith and his wife, police told FOX 8 in New Orleans. His wife was taken to a hospital. Police also said both the shooter and the weapon are in custody.
Smith, who starred at Ohio State, was a first-round draft pick by the Saints in 2004. He played all nine seasons of his pro career in New Orleans and was part of the team’s Super Bowl win over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in 2009. Smith attended New England Patriots training camp in 2014 but never played in a game for them.
The NFL community shared its thoughts and prayers Sunday morning.
Thumbnail photo via Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith (91) against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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