Darrell K. Smith - Wide Receiver - 1986-92 - Central State (Ohio)
Darrell K. Smith was a lanky receiver with a knack for going up and making spectacular catches in the air. The native of Youngstown, Ohio attended Central State College in his home state.
After brief stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals, Smith came north and joined the Toronto Argonauts in May of 1986. In his first season with Toronto he played in 11 games and had 581 receiving yards on 36 catches for 2 touchdowns.
1987 would be Smith’s breakthrough season as a professional. Teaming with quarterback Gilbert Renfroe, Smith was more than capable of filling the shoes of NFL bound Terry Greer. Smith had 1,392 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns and was named a CFL All-Star as Toronto’s go to receiver. He matched his lofty totals in 1988 with 1,306 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Darrell would enjoy his best season as a professional in 1990 under the Matt Dunigan led and Don Matthews designed offence. With 1,820 yards receiving and an incredible 20 touchdown receptions Smith was again named a league All-Star. In the Grey Cup season of 1991; Smith would mentor Raghib Ismail and contribute with 1,399 yards and 9 touchdowns through the air.
The trademark catch for Smith was receiving the ball over his head and ducking the ball behind his head – dubbed the “D.K. way”.
1992 would be Smith’s final season in Toronto. As the team struggled so did Darrell with only 681 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. In the offseason before the 1993
season Smith was included in the biggest trade in league history between Toronto and Edmonton with 15 players changing teams and Smith and quarterback Tracy Ham the two main components.
Smith would struggle with Edmonton in 1993 and he was released in August of that year. Darrell signed with the expansion Shreveport Pirates in 1994 but would not play a game for the franchise.
As a Toronto Argonaut, Darrell K. Smith ranks among the greatest receivers ever.
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