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Former Buffalo Bills defensive back Leonard Smith will be a member of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. (Special to the American Press)

Former Buffalo Bills defensive back Leonard Smith will be a member of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. (Special to the American Press)

Leonard Smith a member of College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Last Modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:35 PM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

IRVING, Texas — Leonard Smith, a two-time first team All-Southland Conference defensive back, 1982 first team Associated Press All-American, nine-year NFL veteran — including a 1986 NFL All-Pro selection — and the highest NFL Draft selection in school and conference history (17th overall pick, 1st round in 1983), has been announced as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014, released by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Smith joins 13 other First Team All-America players and two legendary coaches. The inductees were selected from the national ballot of 75 All-America players and six elite coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks.

A native of New Orleans, Smith played for the Cowboys from 1980-82 and earned first team all-conference honors in 1981 and 1982. In 1982, he was named the Southland and Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year as well as picking up first team Associated Press All-America honors.

He remains the school and conference record holder with 17 career blocked kicks (punts, FGs, PATs).

Smith was drafted in the first round as the 17th pick in the 1983 NFL Draft by the then-St. Louis Cardinals and would earn All-Pro recognition in 1986. His draft selection continues to rank as the highest pick in Southland Conference history and only matched by John Stephens of Northwestern State in the 1988 draft.

In 1988, Smith signed on with the Buffalo Bills where he helped lead the team to four straight AFC East Division titles (1988, 89, 90, 91), two AFC championships (1990, 1991), and played in two Super Bowls (XXV and XXVI).

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