Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Leonard Smith

Leonard Smith


  • Position: Cornerback
  • School: McNeese State
  • High School: Robert E. Lee (Baton Rouge, La.)
  • Years: 1980-1982
  • Inducted: 2014
  • Place of Birth: New Orleans
  • Date of Birth: Sep 02, 1960
  • Jersey Number: 46
  • Height: 6-0"
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

One of the greatest players in McNeese State history, Leonard Smith earned All-American honors during a standout career in Lake Charles, La. He becomes the first Cowboy to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A 1982 First-Team All-American, Smith twice earned both All-Louisiana and All-Southland Conference honors. The 1982 Southland Conference and Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year led the Cowboys to a 32-12-2 record and back-to-back conference titles and Independence Bowl berths in 1979 and 1980. McNeese State’s Most Valuable Player his senior year, Smith holds school records for blocked kicks in a season with six and in a career with 17.

Picked 17th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft, Smith is the highest pick ever in Southland Conference and school history. He played nine seasons with the Cardinals and Buffalo Bills, and he helped lead the Bills to Super Bowls XXV and XXVI.

After retiring, the New Orleans native became a private businessman. A member of the McNeese State Hall of Fame, Smith was named to the Southland Conference All-Time 50th Anniversary Football Team in 2013.