VIDEO: Kirby Smart’s College Highlights at Georgia Are an Incredible Throwback

Tristan Jung
Kirby Smart makes a tackle for the Georgia Bulldogs in 1998.
Kirby Smart makes a tackle for the Georgia Bulldogs in 1998. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

While Kirby Smart will mostly be remembered for his coaching career, it's worth noting that he spent four years as a defensive back for the Georgia Bulldogs between 1995-98 as well. Smart may have earned his coaching stripes with Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, but his playing days ensured that he'd be a Dawg first and foremost.

Smart was no slouch as a player either. He ranks fourth all-time in interceptions at Georgia with 13 and made First-Team All-SEC in 1998. His highlight video is proof of how good he was as a player.

Smart had six interceptions in 1997 and five interceptions in 1998, all while staying on the All-SEC Honor Roll for all four years of his time at the school. As you can see in the highlight package, Smart hit hard and read the game brilliantly. After graduating with a finance degree, Smart went undrafted in the 1999 NFL Draft and eventually ended up back at Georgia as an administrative assistant.

Smart would work at Valdosta State and LSU before returning to Georgia as an assistant in 2005. Then he left again to work for his mentor Nick Saban at the Miami Dolphins and Alabama Crimson Tide. However, Smart was finally able to make his homecoming in 2016 when the Bulldogs hired him to replace Mark Richt.

Georgia has gone 36-7 over the last three years with one College Football Playoff National Championship Game appearance (2018), so things have gone quite well for Smart as Georgia searches for its first national title since 1980.

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