Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Pro Bowl Running Back

Robert Smith is a former NFL running back for the Minnesota Vikings (1993-2000) and two-time Pro Bowler (1998, 2000). His career with the Vikings earned him a spot on the 50 Greatest Vikings list.

Smith played at Ohio State, where he ran for a total of 1,945 yards in two seasons, 1990 and 1992. He sat out the 1991 to pursue track and field before Head Coach John Cooper allowed him to return to football the following year.

Smith was selected 21st overall in the 1993 draft by the Vikings. He had his breakout season in 1997 when he rushed for 1,266 yards. In his final season, Smith led the NFC in rushing yards with 1,521. The versatile Smith finished his career with 6,818 rushing yards, 32 rushing touchdowns, 1,292 receiving yards, and six receiving touchdowns. Smith is second in career rushing yards for Minnesota behind Adrian Peterson. He also holds the NFL record for average yards per touchdown run at 27.2.

After his retirement, Smith appeared on various ESPN programs as a college football analyst. He left ESPN for Fox Sports, where he has been an analyst since 2016.

Smith was raised in Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He attended Euclid High School and became the first player to win Ohio’s “Mr. Football Award” twice (1988, 1989). Smith now resides in Texas.


Khalil Herbert a Standout RB in Week 3

The 33rd Team analyst Robert Smith shines a light on Bears running back Khalil Herbert for his performance against the Texans in Week 3, highlighting his vision, power, and balance.


Recapping NFL Week 2’s Wild Comebacks, Statement Wins

Trey Wingo, Golden Tate and Robert Smith recap Week 2 of the NFL season following Monday Night Football. What did they have to say about the Eagles and Bills statement wins? What did they make of the Dolphins’ and Cardinals’ 20-point comebacks? Find out in this video.


Smash of the Titans: Buffalo Obliterates Tennessee on MNF

The Buffalo Bills beat up the Tennessee Titans 41-7 on Monday night. After a night where Buffalo cruised and nothing went right for Tennessee, analysts Robert Smith and Golden Tate from The 33rd Team take a closer look at the blowout and Buffalo’s dominance through two games.


‘Way Too Easy’: Eagles, Hurts Dominate Vikings on MNF

With a smothering defense and a showcase game by quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Philadelphia Eagles crushed the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. Analysts Robert Smith and Golden Tate of The 33rd Team break down how the Eagles won the game on both sides of the ball to move to 2-0.


Jacksonville Jaguars ‘Look a Lot Better This Year’

Analyst Robert Smith called the Jaguars’ first game of the season. Now, after watching Jacksonville dominate the Indianapolis Colts 24-0 at home, Smith thinks big things are on the horizon in Duval. Why does Smith believe the Jaguars improved so quickly? Find out in this video.


Bills Look Like Super Bowl Contenders Heading into Week 2

The Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans clash in a highly-anticipated Monday Night Football matchup. After a dominant win over the defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams, former NFL running back Robert Smith thinks the Buffalo Bills look like Super Bowl contenders heading into Week 2.


What We Know About Commanders and Jaguars Moving Forward

Editors note: Robert Smith was in the booth Week 1 for the Washington Commanders’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He shared his thoughts on the game and his message for both teams—and both fanbases—going forward. A Fresh Face in Washington  I went into this game with high expectations—for both teams. The Commanders and Jaguars added […]

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