17 Facts About Akili Smith


Kabisa Akili Maradufu Smith was born on August 21,1975 and is a former American football quarterback.


Akili Smith was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, the third quarterback in the first three choices, behind Tim Couch, and Donovan McNabb.


Akili Smith attended Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, the alma mater of Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis.


Akili Smith was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft.


Akili Smith was named a Parade Magazine All-American and signed a letter of intent to play at San Diego State, but low test scores meant he had to attend Grossmont College, a junior college in the San Diego area for two years, prior to transferring to the University of Oregon.


Akili Smith came to the foreground of draft discussions because of his performance in his senior season at Oregon, throwing 32 touchdown passes in 11 starts.


Akili Smith led the conference in passing yards and the entire NCAA in passing yards per attempt.


Akili Smith was named second-team All-American and Pac-10 conference offensive player of the year.


Akili Smith scored a 16 out of 50 on the NFL-administered Wonderlic test when he first took the exam in 1998.


Akili Smith missed a large portion of training camp during his rookie season in 1999 due to contract disputes.


In 2003, Akili Smith tried out for the Green Bay Packers, as Brett Favre's backup.


Akili Smith was unsuccessful there and was later released.


Akili Smith was a deacon at a Missionary Baptist church and played football for "God's House", a flag football team.


In March 2010, Akili Smith joined the University of California's football staff as a graduate assistant to work with the offense.


In 2012, Akili Smith took over as quarterbacks coach for St Augustine High School in San Diego.


Akili Smith planned to finish the college degree that he started at the University of Oregon.


In June 2020, Akili Smith was hired onto the coaching staff at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, California.