Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Aug 2011

Bubba Smith Dies

Former All-Pro Colts defensive end Bubba Smith passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 66. No cause of death was immediately announced. He was a Super Bowl champion with the 1971 Colts and was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 03 Aug 2011

16 comments, Last at 05 Aug 2011, 4:26am by OmrothLol


by nuk :: Wed, 08/03/2011 - 11:35pm

Was he the guy who stole Al Bundy's trophy?

Check out *my* best pair of socks.

by wr (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2011 - 11:39pm

Dunno about that, but he and Dick Butkus helped launch Miller Lite.

by zlionsfan :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 8:47am

I prefer L.C. Greenwood's spot myself. I always remember that it sounded like he was saying "quaterbacks" ... just something about his accent.

by bingo762 :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 9:02am

His name was Spare Tire. Here's the climactic battle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BJ7-_-omnU&feature=player_embedded

by Dean :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 9:11am

Looks like I stand corrected.

Part of me wonders why I never bought a Polk High #33 jersey.

by Dean :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 9:05am

Not sure who you're thinking of, but I think that it was someone else.

I do remember him playing himself in an episode where Al has a reunion football game and the rival high school brings in a bunch of ringers. Bradshaw, Snake and LT all played themselves, too.

by nuk :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 2:40pm

I just watched that episode again last night. No Bradshaw, though. Stabler was the only quarterback among the names I recognized. Bradshaw was in a couple episodes, one of which they were going to name Polk's field after him, since he was a freshman there, and played in the marching band.

by bengt (not verified) :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 6:40am

German media report it as 'Hightower from Policy Academy dies'. But at least one of them also mentioned his NFL career and the SB win.

by Floyd (not verified) :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 11:53am

Reminiscent of the London tabloids referring to a certain white Ford Bronco passenger as "Naked Gun actor OJ Simpson".

by Theo :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 4:02pm

Websites here (Netherlands) name him as 'Police Academy actor' and later mention his sports career. A few the details.
I guess most editors run to wikipedia for details and think "NFL star for the Baltimore Colts, I didn't know he played hockey".

by Dean :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 9:00am

I wonder if it means he was underrated as an actor that we seem to remember him more for commercials for bad beer and for the character Moses Hightower than we do for his career.

If I recall, he actually sued the league and eventually won because his career ending knee injury came when he got caught up in the first-down-chain on the sidelines. He played again, but he was never the same.

by wr (not verified) :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 10:28am

I think at lot of it has to do with what we remember. I'm 51, and can barely
remember his playing days. And most people here are younger than me.

Also, it was (and is) bad beer, but that whole 'retired jock' commercial campaign
was brilliant.

by sundown (not verified) :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 1:38pm

Great ad campaign. Some agency is going to "rediscover" it and bring it back with a whole new generation of retired players someday.

by Jerry :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 6:15pm

IIRC, that injury was in an exhibition game.

And those Miller Lite ads were, as others have said, much better than the beer. ("I must be in the front row!")

by andrew :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 3:08pm

He exceeded the life expectancy for NFL players by over 10 years. By almost 15 for linemen.

by OmrothLol (not verified) :: Fri, 08/05/2011 - 4:26am

Rivers McCown? Seriously? Is your middle name Madding?