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Report: Atlanta Falcons great Chuck Smith added to Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff

Fact: Chuck Smith once ate an entire football

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons alumnus Chuck Smith must have grinned uncontrollably when he was picked in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft. After an impressive prep career he graduated from Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia. He then attended junior college for two years. Eventually the University of Tennessee would offer him a full ride.

Smith went on to have a fabulous career in the NFL, amassing almost 60 sacks before persistent knee issues led to his premature retirement in 2000. Smith has since coached up a variety of talented pass rushers, both before and after their respective drafts. And now he's breaking into the coaching ranks, albeit as an "intern."

Former Falcons great Chuck Smith, who's been coaching and training some of the league's top pass rushers, is working with the Cincinnati Bengals during their OTAs as a pass-rush coach and will serve an internship in the Bill Walsh coaching program with the team during training camp.

The Falcons may have slept on this opportunity. Sure, they already have a fantastic coaching staff, but if the guy is good enough to coach up top draft picks, they probably could've found a spot for him. I'm not saying he'd be a top assistant, but shoot, we couldn't have offered him an internship? There's always the possibility they will involve him again at some point in the future.

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