Neil Smith was in the right place, right time Tuesday when he rescued a pregnant woman from a flooded car in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
“When I came out there this lady, she was driving and I couldn’t believe
she was in there and she just got to the point where the car stalled,”
Smith told FOX 4’s Dave D’Marko. “She was in there, I didn’t know if she had kids, because she was about
nine-months pregnant and she was very short, so I had to walk her out of
The 6-foot-4 Smith was an All-American defensive tackle for the Huskers from 1984-87. Over the course of his four seasons in Lincoln, Smith recorded 14.5 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and 133 tackles. During his senior season, he was named a First Team All-Big 8 performer and a First Team All-American by Sporting News. He was also the Defensive MVP of the 1988 Fiesta Bowl.
After graduating, Smith was selected second overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1988 NFL Draft. In nine seasons with the Chiefs, three with the Denver Broncos and one final year with the San Diego Chargers, Smith went to the Pro Bowl six times, won two Super Bowl rings and led the league in sacks once.
In 1998, Smith was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame and in 2006, he was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.