Alphonso Smith: a Biography

Recently, when Alphonso Smith decided to return to his home town of Pahokee, Florida, the goal was to become the head coach for the Pahokee High School Blue Devils, his alma mater. Thankfully for everyone, he was very successful, leading his hometown team to an 8-2 regular season record and a district title. That was a distinct improvement over the previous year, when they went 5-5 and missed the playoffs.

Everyone should have seen this coming. Ever since Alphonso Smith was very young, football has served a very important role in his life. He began as a starter for Pahokee High’s basketball team, but soon after, it was clear that football was where he was destined to land. He played quarterback and defensive back for the Blue Devils, as part of a championship team. He also won several individual athletic awards for.

Following high school, Alphonso Smith played football for Wake Forest University between 2004 and 2008. While there, he set a school record for interceptions and he also tied for most in the nation. In fact, he continues to be the Atlantic Coast Conference record-holder for career interceptions. During his time with the Demon Deacons, he was elected first-team All-ACC and second-team All-American. Following Wake Forest, Alphonso Smith was drafted into the NFL by the Denver Broncos in 2009 and he played in the NFL for four years, with the Broncos and the Detroit Lions. Following his NFL career, Alphonso spent a lot of time as a sideline reporter and broadcaster with IMG in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and then serves as assistant coach for Winston-Salem’s Carver High School before he decided to return home to Pahokee.

The Alphonso Smith Story

From the time Alphonso Smith was a small child in Pahokee, Florida, he has loved football. When he was at Pahokee High School, he played both quarterback and defensive back and served a critical role as part of a championship team. In 2003, Alphonso was runner-up for Florida Player of the Year and earned All-State honors while leading Pahokee to the Class 2B state championship game.

When he was finished with high school, Alphonso Smith then played football at Wake Forest University in North Carolina from 2004-2008. There, he was a defensive starter for highly regarded coach Jim Grobe. He was very successful, setting a school record for interceptions, which marked him as tied for the most in the country. In fact, Alphonso still holds the record for the most career interceptions in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He also received many honors, having been named as a first-team All-ACC player and a second-team All-America player from Walter Camp. He also graduated from Wake Forest in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.

Alphonso Smith was drafted into the NFL and played in the league for four years, for the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions, for whom he had many great games. After his final release from the Lions, Alphonso worked as a sideline reporter and broadcaster with IMG in North Carolina and he was hired as an assistant coach for Carver High School in Winston-Salem for a time. Eventually, he returned to his home town of Pahokee to be the head coach and dean of students for his alma mater. In 2015, Smith led the Pahokee High School Blue Devils to an 8-2 regular season record and a district title.

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