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August 31, 1991 | Associated Press
Tailback Robert Smith, saying he questioned the importance of playing football, ended speculation Friday by finalizing his decision to quit the Ohio State team. "I questioned the importance of what I was doing relative to my larger goals in life," Smith said, reading from a statement. "In view of these doubts I believe neither the team nor I would benefit from my return to the program at this time." A microbiology major, Smith wants to become a surgeon.
September 1, 1997 | From Associated Press
Robert Smith had to go back to his high school days in Ohio to find a hole bigger than the one he used to put away the Buffalo Bills. The gap Smith broke through on a 78-yard touchdown run Sunday was so big even a guy with two bad knees could get through. And it was big enough to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-13 victory. "[The hole] was bigger than any one I saw in college [at Ohio State]," Smith said. "It was amazing.
October 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
Robert Smith got the Minnesota Vikings rolling with a 72-yard touchdown run that featured power, speed and good blocks from Randy Moss and Cris Carter. Minutes later, Smith put his name into the record book as Minnesota's career rushing leader. "Any time you get a long touchdown like that, it hurts a team," Smith said after rushing for 170 yards in 23 carries as the Vikings beat the Chicago Bears, 28-16, Sunday night to stay unbeaten. "It's kind of a shocking play. It's a dagger to the defense.
January 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
Ohio State Coach John Cooper says tailback Robert Smith will be leaving the Buckeyes for the NFL. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Sunday that Cooper found out about Smith's plans after the Buckeyes lost, 21-14, to Georgia in the Florida Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day. "Robert talked to me very briefly after the game and told me he was going to leave," Cooper said Saturday. Smith declined to confirm his plans, the Plain Dealer said.
October 30, 1996 | Associated Press
Minnesota Viking running back Robert Smith, who suffered a complete tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and at least a partial tear of the posterior cruciate ligament Monday against the Chicago Bears, is out for the season again. It is the second time in Smith's four NFL seasons that a knee injury ended his season--it was his right knee in 1993--and he also missed nearly the entire second half of 1995 because of a badly sprained ankle. A hip injury cost him two games in '94.
A player who could have been the next great USC tailback will be in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, but he won't be there to play for the Trojans. Robert Smith spurned USC last winter to play for Ohio State. The Trojans would have had a better chance to sign him, Smith suggested, if they packed up and moved the campus to the shores of Lake Erie. "If USC was in Ohio, I'd probably be at USC," said Smith, a native of the Cleveland suburb of Euclid.
Like its other concerts over the years, the Cure's show Saturday night at the Forum was about youth. Though Robert Smith is 37 and has been leading the English band for about 18 years, he still focuses on the poetry of adolescence: mopey complaints about cultural artifice and arbitrariness, personal isolation and powerlessness. Because his audience remains quite youthful, Smith found himself not singing to peers, but to people largely still in or just out of their teens.
November 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
Opponents of the Minnesota Vikings have enough problems without having to worry about Robert Smith as a receiver. The Vikings, with Daunte Culpepper leading a balanced offense, rolled to a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Smith scored touchdowns by rushing and receiving and gained 173 total yards, and Culpepper threw for a career-high 357 yards and three touchdowns. For the seventh time, both Randy Moss and Cris Carter gained more than 100 yards receiving in the same game.
It hasn't been a big year in the county for big men. After Chris Burgess of Woodbridge, Eric Chenowith of Villa Park and Mike Vukovich of Mater Dei, the list of top-flight basketball centers shrinks rapidly. Robert Smith is trying to crash the party. The 6-foot-5 senior is Valencia's offensive hub and defensive plug. Take Smith out of the Tiger lineup and it's a safe bet Valencia would not have a 17-8 record or be second to Brea Olinda in Orange League play.
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