NFL Network will delve into the personal life and career of All-Pro tight end Jerry Smith, one of the 80 greatest Redskins, at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday night in the latest installment of the network’s Emmy-nominated documentary series, “A Football Life”
Smith retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions by a tight end. He still ranks sixth in franchise history in receptions (421), seventh in receiving yards (5,496) and third in touchdowns (60).
The documentary covers Smith’s love of football and his fear of losing his career. Smith was a gay athlete who kept his lifestyle a secret from many of his teammates.
“This guy was a tremendous football player. Tough as nails, great hands – just so dependable,” Bobby Mitchell said in the film.
“One of the things I learned is that a person’s sexual preference has nothing to do with their heart,” running back Calvin Hill said.
Sonny Jurgensen, Mitchell, Chris Hanburger, Dave Kopay and more Redskins teammates will give their account of Smith the player and the person during the hour-long broadcast.
Media members from the Washington Post and Washington Star will add input. David Mixner, Smith’s friend and a gay rights activist, will reflect on Smith as well.
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