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

By 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


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).