One of the more recent of the Saints’ star defensive linemen, Will Smith was a stout, well-rounded playmaker for the New Orleans defense. A terrific pass rusher from the 3-4 defensive end position, his combination of power and athleticism often overwhelmed opposing blockers.
That allowed him to rack up a total of 67.5 sacks during his career, good for fourth all-time among Saints defenders. Over the course of his nine seasons in New Orleans, he led the Saints in sacks on four separate occasions and was honored with a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2006. To top it off, he spent his entire career with the club that made him a 2004 first-round pick.
His impact up front was one of the key drivers behind the Saints’ only Super Bowl win. That year, he racked up a career-high 13 sacks, further cementing himself as a key cog in the franchises success from 2009-11.
Smith may no longer be with us after an unfortunate altercation back in 2016, but he’ll forever be remembered as one of the great defensive ends that suited up for the Saints. In the modern era of freakish athletes at defensive end, he managed to use his hulking frame and explosiveness off the line to earn respect around the league.