Smith, Dean

Dean Smith

Smith was an all-state running back at Graham and played football and ran track at the University of Texas.  He was a halfback on the Longhorns’ team that beat Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl.  In 1952, he was a gold medalist on the U.S. 4×100 relay team at the Helsinki Olympics in Finland and finished fourth in the 100-meter dash.  Smith was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, but when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, he quit football to become a stunt man in Hollywood, enjoying a career that lasted more than 50 years.  He appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including many of John Wayne’s movies.

 

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