October 16, 2000 |
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 |
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 |
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.
September 26, 1990 |
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.
August 12, 1996 |
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 |
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.
February 13, 1997 |
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.
December 8, 2001 |
If the Professional Bowlers Assn. is looking for star power, it need look no farther than Robert Smith, its defending U.S. Open champion from Simi Valley. Smith, 26, has the same cult following in bowling as John Daly does in golf. Both are built around one thing--power. When the 6-foot, 220-pound Smith joined the PBA circuit in 1998, he rolled his 16-pound bowling ball down the lanes at an eye-popping 34 mph. The average professional rolls about 24 mph, tops.
February 8, 2001 |
The agent for Robert Smith confirmed Wednesday that the 28-year-old running back is retiring after eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He is leaving the NFL at the top of his game, much like a 31-year-old Barry Sanders before the 1999 season, and at the height of his earning power as an unrestricted free agent. Smith, who announced his decision in a brief statement Tuesday to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, let his reasons for leaving remain a mystery.