Saints planning public celebration of Will Smith’s life

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The Saints plan to hold a public celebration of Will Smith’s life at team headquarters on Friday.

Greg Bensel, the team’s senior vice president of communications and broadcasting, wrote on Twitter Monday night that “plans are in the works” for an event honoring Smith that will be open to the public and that more details should be available on Tuesday.

Smith, who was killed on Saturday night, had been voted into the team’s hall of fame before his death. A first-round pick out of Ohio State in 2004, Smith started 120 games at defensive end in nine seasons for the Saints and had 67.5 career sacks.

Smith went to the Pro Bowl in 2006 after posting 10.5 sacks. He had a career best 13 sacks in 2009.

“Will came to New Orleans 12 years ago and quickly developed both on the field as a player and off the field as a leader to become one of the cornerstones of a team that would go on to win a Super Bowl,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a team statement. “In our community he was an important contributor to numerous charitable causes to benefit those in need. Will’s contributions to both our franchise and our community as a whole will always be remembered.”

10 responses to “Saints planning public celebration of Will Smith’s life

  1. May the Father and the ancestors welcome you with open arms Will, into that Holy City that John called “New Jerusalem.” They’ve just gained a new “Saint.”

    It was a pleasure interviewing you here in Hollywood and there at home in New Orleans. You were gracious each time I saw you.

    I’m deeply saddened that my beloved hometown and your adopted hometown has become so violent with callous disregard for life~not just yours, but even a child’s. May justice be serviced swiftly and severely.

    Meanwhile, I offer my sincere thoughts and prayers to your bride, family, friends and the Saints organization.

  2. I find it suspicious that the killer didn’t run for it and what Pierre Thomas saw for him to come out of this unharmed is strange if he was in that car as reported. Want to know what the wife says. Smells like a setup.

  3. Funny. The dude has to die before the Saints will acknowledge him. Next!


    Will Smith had been voted into the Saints Hall of Fame last month and they were going to announce him in Mid May.

    Also, Smith was slated to become a coaching intern with the Saints this season.

    There is nothing funny at all about his untimely death.

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