Decade after retirement, Smith gets into Pride of Jaguars

FILe - In this Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith waves to fans from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Jacksonville, Fla. Retired receiver Jimmy Smith, whose drug addiction often overshadowed his five consecutive Pro Bowls, will be the next member of Jacksonville's ring of honor. The team announced Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that Smith will be inducted into the "Pride of the Jaguars" on Dec. 11 during halftime of its home game against Minnesota. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Retired receiver Jimmy Smith, whose life has been defined as much for off-field problems as on-field plays, will be the next member of Jacksonville's ring of honor.

The team announced Tuesday that Smith will be inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars during halftime of its Dec. 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Smith will join offensive tackle Tony Boselli (2006), original owners Wayne and Delores Weaver (2011), running back Fred Taylor (2012) and quarterback Mark Brunell (2013) in the Pride.

The 47-year-old Smith is the franchise's all-time leader in receptions (862), receiving yards (12,287) and receiving touchdowns (67). He also holds the team record for consecutive games with a reception (86).

Smith abruptly retired in May 2006 after 12 NFL seasons, denying speculation that he was facing a yearlong suspension for another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.

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