- Will Smith rose to the top in college and pro football, winning championships at both levels
- He also worked on behalf of charities in New Orleans and his native New York
- He leaves behind his wife, who was injured in the shooting, and three children
(CNN)In his 10 years in the NFL, and before that at Ohio State, Will Smith developed a reputation as a man to be reckoned with on the football field.
A life not without controversy
According to the NFL's allegations, the Saints paid bonuses for targeting and injuring opposing teams' players between 2009 and 2011.