Football Legend Bubba Smith Dies

The NFL defensive end and Police Academy star was 66.

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Yahoo Sports is reporting that football legend Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith has died. Smith was found dead in his home Wednesday.

Known as Bubba Smith, he was a star college player at Michigan State University. He won All-America honors in 1965 and 1966 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. After his stellar college career, Smith was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1967, with whom he went to Super Bowls III and V. The Colts won Super Bowl V over the Dallas Cowboys in 1971. Although Smith played before sack stats were officially tabulated, he was nearly impossible to block.

In addition to the Colts, Smith played for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers, appeared in two Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro in 1971. After his football career, Smith became an actor, starring as Big Daddy Williams' henchman on the television show Good Times. He is perhaps most famous for his role as Officer Hightower in the hit Police Academy film series and as a pitchman for Miller Lite.

While an autopsy is pending, it appears that Smith died of natural causes. He was 66.

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