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 Fred Smerlas
Fred Smerlas


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Fred Smerlas '79

- One of the finest defensive lineman ever to play the game, he earned All-America, All-East, and All-New England honors during his outstanding collegiate career.

- Co-captain of his team as a senior and played in the Senior Bowl following his final season at the Heights.

- Played 14 seasons in the National Football League as a member of the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, and New England Patriots. He played in 200 NFL games including 155 consecutive starts, more than any other nose tackle in professional football history.

- He was selected to participate in five Pro Bowl games and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 1979.

- Inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.