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.