- Clifton Smith (return specialist)
Clifton Smith No. 22 Virginia Destroyers Running back / Return specialist Personal information Date of birth: July 4, 1985 Place of birth: Fresno, California Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg) Career information College: Fresno State Undrafted in 2008 Debuted in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Career history Career highlights and awards Career NFL statistics as of 2008 Kick Return TDs 1 Punt Return TDs 1 Rushing Yards 17 Rushing TDs 1 Fumbles 2 Stats at NFL.com
Clifton Smith, Jr. (born July 4, 1985) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Fresno State.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Smith was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent following the 2008 NFL Draft on May 5, 2008. He was waived during final cuts on August 30, but was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 1. He was promoted to the active roster on October 25. In week 9 of the 2008 NFL season in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith took a kickoff return for a touchdown for 97 yards for just the second time in Buccaneer history. In week 12 of the 2008 NFL season in a game against the Detroit Lions, Smith took a punt return for a touchdown for 70 yards. On December 16, 2008, Smith was named to his first career Pro Bowl as the NFC's return specialist.
During an October 18, 2009 game against the Carolina Panthers, Smith suffered a concussion as a result of being rammed into by Panthers cornerback Dante Wesley while awaiting a punt return. The Panthers received a 15-yard penalty and Wesley was ejected from the game. Smith was placed on injured reserve on December 8, 2009, due to a second concussion.
On September 7, 2010, Smith signed with the Miami Dolphins. He was released on September 21.
Smith was signed by the Cleveland Browns on November 16, 2010. He was released on December 1.
Smith's younger brother, Brandon Breazell, is a wide receiver at UCLA. Smith also has two sisters, Nichole and Brianna Smith. His parents' names are Roxanne Wright and Clifton Smith, Sr. In his spare time, Smith has said that he enjoys playing video games, sleeping and buying shoes. On his Fresno State biography, Smith lists his favorite athlete as Deion Sanders.
Smith often goes by the nickname "Peanut", used extensively by both teammates and fans.
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