- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 1, 2005


Former Washington Redskins running back Timmy Smith, who holds the single-game record for rushing yards in a Super Bowl, was arrested yesterday in Denver by the Drug Enforcement Agency for distribution of cocaine.

Smith’s brother, Chris, also was arrested. DEA officials said Timmy Smith conducted seven cocaine sales to informants or undercover agents in the last six months and a total of 41/2 pounds of cocaine was seized. When he was arrested, Smith was selling a half-kilo of cocaine to an undercover agent.

“This case shows the lure of easy money can attract both the downtrodden looking to make a better life and those who have ben idolized and envied for living the American dream,” said Jeffrey D. Sweetin, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Rocky Mountain Division.

The DEA, which began its investigation of the Smiths in April, said Timmy Smith, 41, was working as a youth counselor in the Denver area.

If convicted, the Smiths face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a substantial fine.

The Redskins declined comment.

Although he played in only 24 regular-season/playoff games in 1987 and 1988 for the Redskins, Smith remains a part of the team’s history because of to his 204 yards rushing in Washington’s 42-10 Super Bowl XXII win over Denver. It is the fourth-best rushing performance in Redskins history.

Smith came to camp in 1988 overweight but recorded 100-yard rushing games against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles before losing his job to Kelvin Bryant. He played in 14 games and finished with 470 yards.

Smith did not play in the NFL in 1989 after being released by San Diego, and his last appearance was a one-game stint with Dallas in 1990. Smith finished his NFL career with 602 yards and three touchdowns.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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