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Tody Smith Dies In Sleep


Tody Smith, who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1972 Super Bowl and younger brother of NFL star Bubba Smith, has died. He was 50.

Smith died in his sleep Sunday at home in Los Angeles, according to a statement by Southern Cal, where Smith played in the late 1960s.

He was a first-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 1971 and played for them in the 1972 Super Bowl. His six-year NFL career included stints with Houston (1973-76) and Buffalo (1976).

Smith, a defensive tackle, played for USC in 1969 and 1970 after transferring from Michigan State.

He joined with Al Cowlings, Jimmy Gunn, Willard "Bubba" Scott and Charlie Weaver to form "The Wild Bunch," a defensive front inspired by Sam Peckinpah's Western film of the same name.

Those five allowed a Pac-10 low of 95.6 rushing yards a game in 1969, when the third-ranked Trojans were 10-0-1 and defeated Michigan 10-3 in the 1970 Rose Bowl.

Smith played for his father, W.R. Smith, at Charlton-Pollard High in Beaumont, Texas.

After his football career ended, Smith worked in the entertainment industry.

He is survived by his wife, Chae, a daughter, Rheo, and a son, Dakota.

Services were pending.

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