Recently, when Alphonso Smith decided to return to his home town of Pahokee, Florida, the goal was to become the head coach for the Pahokee High School Blue Devils, his alma mater. Thankfully for everyone, he was very successful, leading his hometown team to an 8-2 regular season record and a district title. That was a distinct improvement over the previous year, when they went 5-5 and missed the playoffs.
Everyone should have seen this coming. Ever since Alphonso Smith was very young, football has served a very important role in his life. He began as a starter for Pahokee High’s basketball team, but soon after, it was clear that football was where he was destined to land. He played quarterback and defensive back for the Blue Devils, as part of a championship team. He also won several individual athletic awards for.
Following high school, Alphonso Smith played football for Wake Forest University between 2004 and 2008. While there, he set a school record for interceptions and he also tied for most in the nation. In fact, he continues to be the Atlantic Coast Conference record-holder for career interceptions. During his time with the Demon Deacons, he was elected first-team All-ACC and second-team All-American. Following Wake Forest, Alphonso Smith was drafted into the NFL by the Denver Broncos in 2009 and he played in the NFL for four years, with the Broncos and the Detroit Lions. Following his NFL career, Alphonso spent a lot of time as a sideline reporter and broadcaster with IMG in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and then serves as assistant coach for Winston-Salem’s Carver High School before he decided to return home to Pahokee.