Saints to enshrine Will Smith in their Hall of Fame

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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.

24 responses to “Saints to enshrine Will Smith in their Hall of Fame

  1. RIP Will. Sad story, and it doesn’t seem too random once you read the whole story about Will meeting the lawyer on Sat who had something to do with the aggressors, who shot Will, the death of his father. The crazy Hummer dudes father, not Wills. He was shot by cops a few years ago.

  2. Nice gesture, Saints. But, I’d really prefer that you did something more meaningful, such as supporting the enactment of laws banning all guns except single-shot rifles and shotguns for bona fide hunters.

  3. Mossmoonpackers the gun was illegal and he wasn’t approved to have a gun anyway. Dirty guns are a problem that you can’t legislate your way out of.

  4. Tacky gesture. Not important enough do enshrine him while living only after he’s killed?

    The article did say that his addition was voted on last month, and had been scheduled for announcement next month.

  5. @mcmccii, when you said that “you can’t legislate” away illegal guns, you’re wrong. If there had been a total ban on handguns for (say) the last 25 years, the gun manufacturers would have long-ago ceased production, the police would have (by now) rounded-up most existing handguns, the chances of the shooter procuring a handgun would have been very small, and Will Smith would in all probability still be alive today.

  6. So sad that the enshrinement now has to be posthumous, and he is not here to receive the accolades he deserves. Hopefully, it will help the family heal their wounds.

  7. I’m a huge Buckeye fan and always liked Will Smith, but I think people/organizations should take a step back and wait for the full story before doing anything that “might” come back to haunt them…

  8. “all guns except single-shot rifles and shotguns for bona fide hunters”

    Please show me where in the 2nd amendment it says anything about firearms for the purpose of hunting.

  9. Will was voted in last month you illiterate trolls. He was shot in the back suggesting he wasn’t putting up a fight or was attempting to run. His wife (mother of his children) was also shot in the leg. His enshrinement was already planned out so before you keyboard warriors claim this is a tacky gesture, let it be known it was already predetermined.

    Will smith will be missed greatly.

  10. egomaniac247 says:
    Apr 11, 2016 12:29 PM
    Please show me where in the 2nd amendment it says anything about firearms for the purpose of hunting.
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    Please show me where it says anything about citizens owning firearms for any purpose other than a well regulated militia!

    A nice Saints announcement btw, but poor timing. I’d have waited a week – less than a day is a tad intrusive in the immediacy of the situation.

  11. Putting his death aside for a moment, how does having one pro bowl year get you into the Saints hof? I’m not trolling or trying to be disrespectful in any way but it doesn’t seem like that’s a hof worthy cause. Fwiw, I dont follow the Saints and haven’t really read mych about Smith since his days at osu

  12. raidernation37 says:
    Apr 11, 2016 1:53 PM
    ..how does having one pro bowl year get you into the Saints hof?
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    67.5 sacks, 84th NFL all-time. Two great (inc SB year) seasons and several good ones, prob enough for a team HoF.

  13. MossMoon2Packers says:
    Apr 11, 2016 10:31 AM

    If there had been a total ban on handguns for (say) the last 25 years, the gun manufacturers would have long-ago ceased production, the police would have (by now) rounded-up most existing handguns, the chances of the shooter procuring a handgun would have been very small, and Will Smith would in all probability still be alive today.
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    Why, yes. That’s exactly how it has worked out with illegal drugs. That’s why you can’t get them anymore.

  14. If the Saints really want to do something, they will put a bounty on the killer like they did to so many players back in the day.
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    Suspensions were lifted… Not one player hurt lol

  15. @bordner: You’re suggesting that no law (e.g., gun control laws) should be enacted unless the law will be 100% effective. That’s nonsensical as there exists no law which is 100% effective.

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