Waddell Smith - Receiver - 1977-83 - Kansas
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Waddell Smith spent his entire seven-year career (1977-83) in the
Canadian Football League with the Eskimos and was a part of the Esks
five-in-a-row dynasty. He came to the CFL out of the University of
Kansas after a successful yet tumultuous tenure at the school. Smith had
disagreements with his coaches over his role in the offence and the
number of chances given to him while at Kansas. He also was a star track
athlete with world class speed similar to Eskimo teammate Larry
Smith was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs but would venture north to join
the Eskimos in 1977. Learning under veteran George McGowan he quickly
became a successful option at receiver for the Eskimos.
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When the Edmonton Eskimos had Waddell Smith in their lineup during that wonderful five-in-a-row Grey Cup stretch he was the fastest and flashiest of all the pass receivers available to Warren Moon, Tom Wilkinson and Bruce Lemmerman.
Waddell would have a strong career with the Eskimos as a tall, lanky speed threat. He would suffer through injuries in 1980 but return to his prior form in 1981 to go over 1,000 yards receiving. A gregarious player he was often a great quote for the local reporters and Warren Moon has gone on record calling Smith one of the funniest football players he has been around.
Smith left the Eskimos after the 1983 season and played 2 game with the Dallas Cowboys in 1984 before retiring from professional football.
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