Pass rusher extraordinaire Bruce Smith did “bad things” in his shoes during a decorated 15-year career with the Buffalo Bills, earning a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 after amassing an NFL-record 200 career sacks.
Smith will become the third former Bill from the Super Bowl era to be highlighted by NFL Films’ “A Football Life,” when his life on and off the football field is the subject of an hour-long documentary that debuts at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.
Smith’s documentary will air following NFL Network’s broadcast of the NFL 100 All-Time Team for defensive linemen and linebackers, which airs at 8 p.m., and a reaction to the honorees, which airs at 9 p.m.
Thanks in part to Smith’s stellar pass-rushing skills—which saw him earn NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1990 and 1996 along with eight first-team All-Pro honors, two second-team All-Pro honors, and 11 Pro Bowl honors—the Bills made four straight Super Bowl appearances.
Smith, who four times was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year, retired after the 2000 season with 1,224 total tackles, 43 forced fumbles (15 fumble recoveries), two interceptions, and one defensive touchdown.
Smith joins Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas as former Bills from the Super Bowl run of the 1990s to be featured on “A Football Life.”