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    Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

    Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

    Former NFL defensive star Bubba Smith, who found a successful second career as an actor, has died in Los Angeles at age 66.

    Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter says Smith was found dead Wednesday at his Baldwin Hills home. Winter says he didn't know the circumstances or cause of death.

    Police spokesman Richard French says the death does not appear to be suspicious.

    Smith spent five seasons with the Baltimore Colts and two seasons each with Oakland and Houston. The Beaumont, Texas, native played college ball at Michigan State.

    As an actor he played such characters as a police officer in the "Police Academy" series.

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    This guy was funny. RIP Bubba!

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    Re: Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

    This makes me feel old.

    Every time a famous person I have admired passes on it gets me and makes me think of my own situation which is not that good.

    Bubba was a great ball player and a good man from what all I know.

    This is sad.

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    Re: Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

    You will be missed Bubba


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    Re: Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

    Yes. He was a good man. I enjoyed watching him on the field and in the Police Academy movies.

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    R.I.P officer Hightower.
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    Re: Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    R.I.P officer Hightower.
    Ditto. Amazing how some of the professional athletes die so young. I mean, this guy was probably in better shape than most people ever were in the lives for a long time. Wonder if it's genetic or did he just have bad habits that shortened his life. Sad.
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    R.I.P Bubba and thanks for the great football.

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    Re: Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

    I met him and got his autograph when I was a kid at a pre-season Baltimore Colts game (mid 70's after he had retired) and he was a real nice man... A gentle giant seems to fit my impression of him... RIP Bubba.

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    Re: Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

    Bubba Smith and I were from the same athletic area (meaning I'm not from Beaumont but played a lot of football and baseball games there), though he was a few years older than I. Even if our ages had matched up we still wouldn't have played against each other because of segregation. He went to Pollard, one of Beaumont's black schools. Though we only played their white schools, because of this network that like-minded kids develops, we knew about Bubba Smith. Except for the local paper, there wasn't the media coverage like it is today, even less so for the black schools and less than that for a lineman, even one of the stature of a Bubba Smith, but we knew about Bubba Smith.

    I understand he wanted to go to the University of Texas, but couldn't because it had yet to integrate. Though he went to a major school, back then you didn't have every college football game televised like it is today, more so when it is out of your region like Michigan state was to us, so we really didn't get to see him play much until he went to the NFL.

    Despite being so close physically as a kid, I never met the man, but understand that he was almost a mirror image of his Police Academy character.

    May peace be with him, his family and friends.
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