The legacy of Chris Smith was felt throughout the football community after his shocking death at the age of 31. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, expressed his sadness and condolences on Twitter, noting that Smith will be deeply missed. Both the XFL and the Seattle Sea Dragons, the team Smith played for, released a joint statement expressing their grief.
The football family was further impacted by the recognition of his death from the Cleveland Browns, who he played for during his NFL career, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, who paid their respects on Twitter. NFL Films honored him with a tweet saying Smith was a leader in life and on the field.
According to many who knew Smith, he was a powerful presence in the locker room and was universally beloved by each of his teammates and the coaching staff, who have all been deeply affected by his passing. His death has been met with shock and sadness, particularly in his home state of Ohio, where he was known as a great football player and an even better person.
Regardless of the cause of death, the legacy left by Smith will have a lasting effect on those who knew him and those who admired him from afar. His influence is clear, as expressed by the outpouring of love from the football community, showing Smith’s incredible impact on so many people’s lives.