“Bubba”, NFL star, won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts and had a second career acting in several Police Academy films.
He is believed to have died of natural causes. Smith played for Michigan State University and entered the NFL when he was drafted first overall by the Baltimore Colts in 1967.
Aside from winning a Super Bowl with the Colts in 1971, Smith also went on to play with the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Oilers before he retired in 1976, after being twice selected to the Pro Bowl.
After retiring, Smith appeared in small television roles before he gained fame in Police Academy for playing Moses Hightower, a police recruit who was as soft-spoken as he was physically imposing.
Smith, who stood 6ft 7in, starred in the first six Police Academy films, and also appeared in several advertisments over the years.