Will Smith, the former Saints defensive end who was shot and killed on Saturday night in New Orleans, will be enshrined in the team’s Hall of Fame.
The Saints announced on Sunday that Smith was voted into their Hall of Fame last month. The official announcement that he would be enshrined had been planned for May 17.
Smith was the Saints’ first-round draft pick in 2004 and he played for them until 2013. He was chosen to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and had 13 sacks in 2009, the year the Saints won the Super Bowl.
The 34-year-old Smith is survived by his wife, who was shot twice in the leg in the incident, and their three children.