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Posted on: January 25, 2024 | Last Modified on: February 5, 2024

Congratulations Kevin Smith!

Kevin Smith (350 x 350 px)

The City of Orange recognized local football icon Kevin Smith during the Mardi Gras on the Sabine festivities at the Riverside Pavilion!

A native of Orange, TX, Kevin is known for his exceptional career spanning high school, college, and professional football. His achievements include two State Championships with the West Orange-Stark Mustangs, a Southwest Conference Championship with Texas A&M University, and three Superbowl Championships with the Dallas Cowboys! In the most recent chapter of his illustrious football career, Kevin became the twelfth Aggie to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame. These highlights are just a glimpse into Kevin Smith's storied football career.

Mayor Larry Spears Jr. presented Kevin with the Key to the City, saying “The football side of his life is just one part. Mr. Smith has always been a role model, and he has led by example for many years for so many young people in this community.”

Congratulations Kevin!

Key to the City

Top Photo Pictured L to R: Mustang Head Football Coach Hiawatha Hickman, Coach Cornel Thompson, Coach Dan Hooks, Honoree Kevin Smith, Mayor Larry Spears Jr., Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Burch, and WOCCISD Community Liaison Coach Russell Bottley

Read more about his incredible football career below:

High School Successes
Kevin Smith's football journey began in Orange, TX, where he emerged as a force to be reckoned with. In high school, he achieved significant success as a football player with the West Orange-Stark Mustangs, winning back-to-back State Championships! His exceptional skills and contributions to the team set the foundation for his future accomplishments.

College Football Glory
Kevin continued his football journey at Texas A&M University, where he played a fundamental role in the team's success. His time with the Aggies was nothing short of extraordinary, as he played a pivotal role in winning the Southwest Conference Championship, setting numerous records along the way. His contributions to the football program solidified his legacy as a key figure in Texas A&M's football history. Whoop!

NFL Stardom with the Dallas Cowboys
Kevin Smith's prowess on the field did not go unnoticed, leading to his selection as the first-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1992 NFL draft. As part of the Cowboys, he became an integral member of the team, contributing significantly to three Superbowl Championships!

A Legacy of Excellence

West Orange-Stark Mustangs

  • 1986 4A State Championship
  • 1987 4A State Championship
  • 1987 All-State on both sides of the ball in senior year

 Texas A&M University

  • Three-time (1989, 1990, 1991) First Team All-SWC: Defensive Back
  • 1990 Holiday Bowl Championship
  • 1991 Nation’s Top Defensive Back
  • 1991 Consensus First Team All-American: Defensive Back
  • 1991 Defensive Player of the Year Semifinalist
  • 1991 Thorpe Award Semifinalist
  • 1991 Southwest Conference Championship
  • Top 5 All-Time A&M for passes defensed (32)
  • Texas A&M All-Time Career Leader
    • Interceptions (20): SWC Record
    • Interception return yards (289)
    • Interceptions returned for a touchdown (3): Tied the conference mark
    • Single-Season Picks (9)

 Dallas Cowboys

  • 1992 NFL First Round Draft Pick (1st pick for the Cowboys; 17th overall)
  • 1993 Super Bowl Championship
  • 1994 Super Bowl Championship
  • 1996 Super Bowl Championship
  • 1996 Second-team All-Pro

 Other

  • 2024 College Football Hall of Fame Class: 12th Aggie in program history
  • 2016 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame
  • 2009 UIL All-Century High School Team - Second-Team Cornerback
  • 1997 Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Museum of the Gulf Coast Sports Hall of Fame

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