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Interview With Retired NFL Player Irv Smith

Former NFL tight-end Irv Smith played 7 seasons in the league with New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49’ers and Cleveland Browns. His son, Irv Smith Jr. is currently playing with the Minnesota Vikings and is an obvious sense of pride for him; being able to watch him play and live out his dream. Even though Irv made it in football, baseball was his first love. He was an excellent baseball player, however his ascension in the sport was disrupted by his inability to hit a curve-ball. Due to that, he ended up pursuing football. He chose to attend Notre Dame, despite being recruited by all the top programs. Coach Lou Holtz was a major factor in that decision. After an outstanding career there, he was selected by the Saints in the 1st round of the 1993 draft. He went to New York and had an amazing experience. His pro career was mixed with peaks and valleys. He experienced the politics that come with professional sports, being replaced and released even though he was playing well. That left a sour taste in his mouth and got him to start thinking of life after football. While with the 49’ers he got his Real Estate licence in Arizona. He is now a partner with Executive Global Tours, which organize travel around the world for anyone who wants to travel alongside former players. He is also Vice-President of Primerica, assisting people with money management. For more information please use the links below.

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About the author, Lyle

1st round pick of the BC Lions in the 2001 draft, 3rd overall. 10 year CFL player, retiring in 2011. 2 Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2006.

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