MUST SEE VIDEO ON THIS ARTICLE …. RANDY
REST IN PEACE, BUBBA SMITH – Bubba Smith is from my hometown, Beaumont, TX and graduated from Charlton-Pollard High School in Beaumont in 1963.
Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith (February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011) was an American actor and athlete. He was a professional football player in the 1960s and 1970s who became an actor in the late 1970s. He was well known for his height of 6 ft 7 in (2 m). Smith played college football at Michigan State University the popular fan chant of “Kill, Bubba, Kill.” Smith spent nine seasons in the NFL as a defensive end. He was the first overall selection in the 1967 NFL draft. After leaving professional football, Smith began his acting career in small movie and television roles in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is perhaps best known for his role as Moses Hightower in the Police Academy movie series and Miller Lite Beer commercials
Smith was widely acclaimed as a dominant high school football player, but the major colleges in Texas wouldn’t offer him a scholarship because he was black.
“I just wanted to go to Texas,” Smith says in Breaking the Huddle. “I called Darrell Royal and asked, ‘Coach, can I come to the University of Texas?’ He said, ‘Uh, Bubba, I could probably get you a scholarship . . . but I don’t know when the football program is gonna integrate.’”
Segregation in the South forced Smith to choose Michigan State, where he became an All-American, and great African-American players like Smith eventually made Southern schools realize they couldn’t compete on the highest levels of college football unless they integrated. That may be Smith’s most important legacy.
VIDEO (Below): Al Bundy wants to take Polk High’s trophy back, and he has to fight with his old enemy Spare Tire Dixon (Bubba Smith).