Jimmy Smith had a great NFL career, mostly with the Jags, but he has found hard times and is now on his way to prison. Drugs were a problem for Smith throughout his NFL career.
What some people may not know is that Smith was an Eagle for a short time. I always wondered why Smith was cut. Dan Shonka spilled the beans today on Twitter.
#JimmySmith has always been a talented WR. We had him in Philly & he was our best WR. He was cut by RichKotite because of his drug problem
— Dan Shonka (@Ourlads_Shonka) May 14, 2013
Shonka was a scout for the Eagles back in the 90’s. He would certainly know what was going on back then.
It is interesting to see those comments. Back then the Eagles had Fred Barnett and Calvin Williams, a pair of talented WRs. It must have been obvious to see just how talented Smith was, making his issues all the more frustrating.
The Eagles also lost WR Cris Carter to drugs and alcohol in the 1980s. In the 1990s the team lost LT Bernard Williams to drugs. It is incredibly frustrating to see careers sidetracked or ruined like this. Even worse is when drug use affects someone the way it did Smith and he’s headed to prison. Such a shame.