Former NFL player, Beaumont native Bubba Smith dies

Former NFL player, Beaumont native Bubba Smith dies

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, former NFL star and actor Bubba Smith died on Wednesday. He was 66. There was no immediate determination of death, but officials believe he died of natural causes.

Born Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith in Orange on Feb. 28, 1945, Smith attended Beaumont Pollard High School and played football under his late father, the legendary Willie Ray Smith.

Bubba received a football scholarship at Michigan State and was selected first in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts and he won a Super Bowl in 1970. Smith also played for Oakland and Houston and two Pro Bowls. His jersey No. 95 was retired by Michigan State and he was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Many know Smith from his movie and television roles. He played the lovable 6-foot-7 Moses Hightower in the Police Academy series.

His late brother Tody Smith, who died in 1999, also played in the NFL.