At 6’4″ and 309 pounds, Houston Texans starting left guard Wade Smith has provided leadership and stability to one of the best offensive lines in the NFL when he signed with the team in 2010. Entering his 10th season in the NFL, Smith has found a home here in Houston and most importantly his home state. A native of Dallas, Smith attended Lake Highlands High School where he played tightend, and continued his football career as a Memphis Tiger.
At Memphis he had 29 starts at tackle, but he started his career at Memphis as a tightend. The four year letter winner garnered the team’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2001 and second team All-Conference USA honors as a senior in 2002.
Smith was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2003 in the 3rd round (78th overall) and started all 16 games as a rookie. Smith also played for the New York Jets (2006-2007) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2008-2009) before he arrived in Houston.
You will find that Smith is a consummate team player and the only thing that matters to him personally on the football field is that the Texans win. It is easy to see why the Texans were successful this season, because it is players like Smith who make the Texans what they are, a winning team.