Posted May 13, 2013

Ex-Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith began 6-year jail sentence in March

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Former Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith is serving a six-year prison sentence. (Mississippi Department of Corrections)

Former Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith is serving a six-year prison sentence. (Mississippi Department of Corrections)

Former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith began serving a six-year prison sentence in late March, according to First Coast News in Jacksonville.

According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Smith is serving a two-year sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a four-year sentence for cocaine possession. His tentative release date is Nov. 8, 2018.

Though he entered the Central Mississippi Satellite Facility on March 29, Smith’s sentence didn’t garner media attention until Monday.

The jail sentence completes a rather stunning fall for Smith, who at one time was one of the NFL’s best wide receivers and still stands as perhaps the best player in Jaguars franchise history.

Smith, 44, led the NFL in 1999 with 116 receptions. In 11 seasons with the Jaguars, Smith racked up 862 receptions in 171 career games. He caught 67 career touchdown passes.

Smith hasn’t played in the NFL since 2005.


13 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Salaries are large in professional sports, but the thing that gets largest in the league is ego and that is why these stories continue to happen.

hog4life81
hog4life81

This is a very sad story.  He was a great teammate and humble guy. 

colonial1
colonial1

What the hell do these guys do with their money? One million dollars alone could set the average person up in a  Caribbean island of their choice for the rest of their life - let alone the multi-millions these football players get paid. I know perfectly well it's not the job of the NFL to nursemaid grown men post career. However, it's very upsetting to see far too many of our former NFL heroes ending up like this. Surely there must be something the league can do to minimise these all to common tales of post NFL woe.

CleatusTank
CleatusTank

 @colonial1

 Monkey see monkey do.  Not intelligent enough to manage money they never had.  Watching everyone else life "the life" then trying to be the man.  It is all a recipe for a major fall.  Sure while you are playing you make 5 mil a yr but as soon as your done you have no more income coming in.  So now that house that cost 5 mil, the cars that cost 2 mil, the staff, the medical bills, the family, the maintenance of these things quickly exceed your income. 

colonial1
colonial1

 @CleatusTank  @colonial1

 I think it was the actress Mila Kunis who said; and I'm only paraphrasing - It doesn't matter what I make filming a movie because when I'm not acting I'm unemployed just like anyone else without a job. Some of these guys should take a leaf out of her book.

Keith17
Keith17

I loved watching Jimmy Smith play football. It's a damn shame that it's come to this.

cry1baby2usa
cry1baby2usa

Sad :-(

PWINGS
PWINGS like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @cry1baby2usa True. As I recall, he kept his "nose clean" throughout his career and was regarded as a very good player and a good teammate. I hope he can get his life together when he gets out.

Pierre1
Pierre1

 @PWINGS  @cry1baby2usa He did have a 4 game suspension in 2003 for drugs. But before that, he was a model player. Always involved in the community, never a diva, friendly with the media. He moved away from Jacksonville a few years ago in hopes that he could get clean. Guess he is still fighting those demons. Sad story.

PWINGS
PWINGS

 @conderjs  @PWINGS I'm not sure that "insanity" would be the correct term. My thought is that "impairment" might be more appropriate.

 

im·pair·ment (m-pârmnt)

n. Weakening, damage, or deterioration, especially as a result of injury or disease.

conderjs
conderjs

 @PWINGS     I actually went out of my way to see if anyone else thought that, that was my thinking as well. I wonder how hard it would be for these guys to clam insanity. 

PWINGS
PWINGS

 @Pierre1  @cry1baby2usa It is a sad story. I wonder if there was any history of head injuries that could have mitigated this. In many of these cases, ballplayers with repeated head injuries misuse and become addicted to narcotics to try and get some relief from the pain. Thanks for the follow-up.