Ralph “Catfish” Smith

Born: December 1, 1939

Hometown: Brookhaven, MS

Year of Induction: 2002


High School Career

University Military School, Moblie, AL (1954)
Brookhaven High School, Brookhaven, MS (1955-1958)

• Mississippi All Star Football and High School All American Game (’58)

• All Southern and High School All American (’56, ‘57, ‘58)

• State AAA Track Champions (’57)

• Big Eight Basketball Champions (’55)

• Big Eight Football Champions (’55, ‘57)

• All Big Eight Basketball, Football Teams (’55-’57)

• 15 Athletic letters in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track (’54-’58)


College Career

Ole Miss (1959-1962)

• National Football Champions (’59, ‘60)

• Ole Miss Team of the Decade (’59)

• SEC Champions (’60)

• All SEC Teams (’60-’61)

• 2nd Team All America (’61)

• Participated in Four College Bowl Games (’59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62)

• Drafted Philadelphia Eagles 8th Round (NFL) in 1962

• Drafted San Diego Chargers 12th Round (AFL) in 1962


Profesional Career

Philadelphia Eagles (1963-1965)
Cleveland Browns (1966-1968)
Atlanta Falcons (1969)

• NFL Eastern Conference Champions (’65, ‘68)

• NFL Century Division Champions (’67, ‘68)

Did You Know?

Ralph Smith was given the nickname “Catfish” by former Jackson sportswriter Jimmie McDowell who compared Smith to Ralph “Catfish” Smith who played football at the University of Georgia in the 1930s.

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