Frank Edward Smith
Frank Edward Smith
Hometown: Brockton, MA
Team: Football

Frank Edward Smith '96
Hometown: Brockton, MA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1977

Frank Edward Smith '96, a 6-5, 220-pound guard from Brockton,Mass., was one of the finest linemen in Brown's football historyand one of the pioneers in pro football. "Big" Smith, as he wasknown, was also a record-breaking performed in New England trackcircles. A starter for all four years as football came of age onCollege Hill, Smith became one of the most feared linemen in theEast during that push-and-pull era. Smith and his roommate, the5-7, 135-pound fullback, Charley McCarthy, were the Mutt and Jeffcombination of Brown football in that period. The Irish wit of thispair was the delight of the students, many of whom would gatheraround them after the daily football practice on Lincoln Field (theLower Campus) and hear the Smith-McCarthy version of what went onthat day. Edward North Robinson '96, a teammate and later Brown'scoach, described Smith as "a quick thinker, never susceptible toinjury, and always at his best in the big games." Robinson added:"Smith was fast, a fine blocker, and would have been an idealpulling guard had that style of play been developed at that time."Robinson placed Smith on his all-time Brown team covering theyears, 1892-1931. Big Smith was equally distinguished on the trackfront. He took five New England championships in the 16-lb shot and16-lb hammer in 1894-95-96, set a N.E. record in the hammer (123-8½), and established new Brown records in both events. BigSmith played pro football for the Duquesne A.C. and the ElizabethA.C. to help pay his way through Georgetown Law School, where heearned his L.L.B. in 1898. He added his L.L.M. in 1899 and for 32years was the Deputy Assistant Corporation Counsel in New YorkCity. Smith was known for his remarkable memory of Brown menbefore, during, and after his time in college and for hisdelightful human friendliness toward them all. Big Smith died inNew York City Sept 26, 1943 at age 69.