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Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:19:03 -0700
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports former NFL RB Robert Smith could be a candidate for the NFL Players Association's executive director position.
Thu, 29 Sep 2005 20:37:44 -0700
The Star Tribune reports former Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith signed a one-year contract this week with ESPN that contains an option for another year, which can be exercised by the network. Smith's initial focus will be college football. He will be on ESPNews Thursday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 1 and also could contribute to "College Game Day" from the network's studios in Bristol, Conn.
Fri, 19 Aug 2005 10:12:57 -0700
ESPNews reports former NFL RB Robert Smith admits that he smoked marijuana during his NFL tenure and said that he still uses it on occasion.
Thu, 15 Jul 2004 21:13:52 -0700
According to Vikings.com, former Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith decided to retire from the NFL following his most productive professional season in order to avoid further injury and because he felt the team was headed in the wrong direction. "It's tough to say good-bye to that game at any time I'm sure, but especially after your best season," Smith said. "With the possibly of a big contract, all those kind of things, there were more reasons for me to leave the game at that point than to stay around from the possibility of injuring myself again. To I think the situation of the team in Minnesota, I think the team was falling apart, basically. I think a lot of players were leaving and the prospects weren't looking that great for the next years. I thought it would be better to get out of there." Smith is currently working on his first novel titled "The Rest of the Iceberg." No release date has been set.
Fri, 22 Mar 2002 15:25:30 -0800
Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders DE Trace Armstrong was re-elected as president of the National Football League Players Association. Brian Mitchell (Eagles), Robert Griffith (Browns), Troy Vincent (Eagles), Kevin Mawae (Jets) and Ernie Conwell (Rams) were elected to the executive committee. They will take vacancies filled by retired players Robert Smith, Lester Archambeau, Eugene Robinson, Mike Tomzak and Nolan Harrison. Executive committee members Ray Brown (49ers), Jason Belser (Chiefs), Robert Porcher (Lions), Tim Brown (Raiders) and Eddie George (Titans) were also re-elected. Player dues were increased from $5,000 to $10,000. The board also passed a resolution requiring any player going into the draft to wait at least 30 days before terminating a written agreement with an agent. Any agent who tampers with a player during that period will be subject to union discipline.
Mon, 18 Mar 2002 21:26:01 -0800
Closing off an old story, the Star-Tribune reports former Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith, who retired after the 2000 season, said he wanted to walk away from the game under his own power -- not limp away down the road. Smith said he cannot imagine playing again and will have a book out in the next five or six months. In regards to the speculation that he had problems with his teammates, Smith said that wasn't an issue although he did have a few "run-ins" with Randy Moss.
Sun, 09 Dec 2001 18:20:14 -0800
Bob Foltman reports for the Chicago Tribune Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green became the team's first running back to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since Jim Brockington in 1971-73. Green was the first back to gain more than 100 yards against the Chicago Bears since Minnesota's Robert Smith broke loose for 170 on Oct. 15, 2000, a span of 20 games.
Sun, 26 Aug 2001 06:09:13 -0700
The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings continue to be impressed by rookie RB Michael Bennett. The coaching staff is thrilled with Bennett's athleticism and level of preparedness. Offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis said Bennett rarely makes mistakes, despite the team's playbook being more complicated than his college playbook. "He's ready to play," Lewis said of Bennett. "He's going to make some mistakes, and we know that. There'll be some growing pains." Vikings coach Dennis Green said Bennett is further along at running back as a rookie than Robert Smith was in 1993.
Tue, 21 Aug 2001 22:14:10 -0700
The Washington Post reports free agent RB Errict Rhett took a physical with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. However, the the team decided not to sign him. SVP of football operations Ozzie Newsome is expected to make one more pitch to retired Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith about joining the Ravens.
Sat, 18 Aug 2001 08:14:19 -0700
The Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick called retired RB Robert Smith to see if he'd be interested in coming out of retirement to join the team. Smith gave him the expected response by declining the offer.
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