JERRY SMITH ‘A FOOTBALL LIFE’/ a touching NFL documentary.
NFL COM: From 1965-77, Jerry Smith was a two-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Washington Redskins. At the time he retired, Smith held the record for the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history. Yet off the field, Smith lived with a personal secret he did not publicly share with his teammates. NFL Network’s two-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues with Jerry Smith: A Football Life. The one-hour documentary chronicles the life of Smith, detailing his career with the Redskins, his life as a gay athlete and his death from AIDS. BELOW are links to the 4 part doc.
PART ONE: A PRIVATE LIFE BECOMES PUBLIC
Former Washington Redskins tight end Jerry Smith met with a reporter for a feature and it ended up being a big moment in history. See how the profile on Smith led to the first retired professional athlete to reveal his homosexuality.
PART TWO: LIVING A DOUBLE LIFE
Former Washington Redskins tight end Jerry Smith found his calling on the football field, but it was not an easy life. See how a closeted gay man became a dominant tight end in an intolerant era.
PART THREE: A KNOWN SECRET
Could Jerry Smith be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame if not for one fluky play? We take a closer look at Smith’s legacy and learn about his personal life and how he kept it separate from football.
PART FOUR: STARING DEATH IN THE FACE
When former Washington Redskins tight end Jerry Smith retired, he moved to Texas and opened up a gay bar. Later he was diagnosed with HIV, and passed away at the age of 43.