NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Chris Smith ’13 has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. The former Yale football standout wide receiver and kick returner has a tryout this weekend with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
Smith, the school’s career kickoff return yards leader, is ninth on Yale’s career receptions list with 110 over four seasons. His 1,495 yards (13.5 avg.) are also ninth.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound former Bulldog offensive star has been finishing his undergraduate degree the past year while training with Yale Strength & Conditioning Coach Emil Johnson. Smith graduates on May 18.
“I have worked extremely hard for this opportunity and am very excited to compete for a spot on the New England Patriots.”
The Midlothian, Va., native owns one record that had never been accomplished by an Ivy League player. In a win at Brown on Nov. 6, 2010, Smith returned a pair (83, 79 yards) of kickoffs for scores.