“Deep-Freeze” Smith Hits The End Zone

From Qwest Field, Seattle

It was 25 years ago when the Chicago Bears had “The Frig.” That was William “The Refrigerator” Perry, a 335-pound defensive lineman who started lining up at fullback for Mike Ditka’s offense with the Bears. Perry ended up scoring four touchdowns in his rookie season, including one in the Super Bowl.

“Right now, they call me the Deep Freeze,” Chiefs DL Shaun Smith said on Sunday, after he became the latest defensive lineman to find the end zone as an offensive player. “I guess I’m going to go with it.”

Smith scored on a one-yard dive play in the first half of the Chiefs 42-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

It was the big man’s first NFL touchdown, and his first score since 1999. That’s when he found the end zone for “two or three touchdowns” for Wichita Heights High School against Wichita East.

“It was my last game when I was a senior in high school,” Smith said. “It was in the mud. I had 100 yards rushing in that game too. I wore No. 6 because of Jerome Bettis (who wore No. 6 in college at Notre Dame). That was my idol. He’s still my idol.

“Today was fun. Now that I’ve got a touchdown, I can go to Charlie (Weis) and say put me I n the short yardage package more, see maybe I can get the ball and see what happens.”

To put the touchdown in some historical perspective, Smith became the first defensive player in Chiefs history to score a rushing touchdown on offense. He became the fourth defensive player in the club’s 51 seasons to score an offensive touchdown, joining CB Dale Carter, DE Jared Allen and OLB Mike Vrabel.

Those guys all caught their touchdowns, including a Vrabel score earlier this season against Houston. Smith had to deal with the other big bodies up front to get his score.

“We worked on it in practice this week,” Smith said. “I was shocked that it was called the first time. When they called it, I knew I had to get the one yard. If I didn’t get it, I knew they weren’t going to run it again.”

One of the first people to congratulate Smith in the end zone was Vrabel, who was also in on the play, lining up at tight end.

“It’s funny that I actually got to score,” said Smith. “It’s like a dream come true. Maybe my next step is to catch the ball. ”

Actually the next step for Smith is to decide who gets the football. He held onto it after scoring and has an internal debate raging on who gets the ball.

“Do I give it to my little girl for Christmas or do I give it to my mom?” Smith said. “Most likely I will probably give it to my little girl.”

4 Responses to ““Deep-Freeze” Smith Hits The End Zone”

  • November 29, 2010  - Craig says:

    Smith has been a pleasant surprize this year. A great off season pick up. Go Chiefs.

  • November 29, 2010  - Thomas says:

    I agree with Craig. Smith has been a very pleasant off season addition to this team.
    My first reaction when I heard the Chiefs signed him was that Smith would be out of shape and unmotivated to play. “I was wrong”.

    Congrats on your first NFL touchdown.

  • November 29, 2010  - lyle says:

    Did anyone else notice the look on Pete Carroll’s face after that touchdown. The look said it all. How do you defend against that? Defenses in the future are going to have to prepare for that plus just having him as a sledge hammer blocker on the goal line. I love it.

  • November 29, 2010  - Tim says:

    He’s a great fit for our team.

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