Corey Smith
No. 98, 71, 58, 93
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1979-10-02)October 2, 1979
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died:March 2009 (aged 29)
near Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Richmond (VA) Marshall
College:NC State
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:83
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Corey Dominique Smith (October 2, 1979 – March 1, 2009) was an American football defensive end. He was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at North Carolina State. Smith also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.

Boating incident and disappearance

Further information: Not Without Hope

On March 1, 2009, the United States Coast Guard reported that a 21-foot (6.4 m) fishing boat was missing off the Gulf Coast near Clearwater Pass, Florida. The boat was carrying four passengers, including Smith; Marquis Cooper, a member of the Oakland Raiders; as well as Nick Schuyler and Will Bleakley, former University of South Florida football players. The four men left Clearwater Pass on February 28 at 6:30 a.m. and were expected to return later that night. The Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Tornado began searching for the missing boat shortly after midnight on March 1, 2009. By 1:35 p.m. EST on March 2, 2009, the boat was located, overturned, with Schuyler clinging to it. The other three passengers were not found. According to Schuyler, Cooper separated from the group at 5:30 AM, with Smith disappearing about an hour later. 24 hours later, Bleakley became unresponsive, and despite Schuyler giving him CPR, he also disappeared. Schuyler was found less than six hours later. The search for the three men who remained missing ended at sundown on March 3, 2009.[1] Friends and relatives organized a private search[2] which was called off several days later.[3]

Smith's family has established the Corey D. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund in his honor. The Detroit Lions held a memorial service for him on March 21, 2009.[4] The Detroit Lions announced they would retire Smith's #93 during the 2009 season in honor of him.[5]

An investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission determined that the incident was caused when the vessel was improperly anchored, and the boat capsized after one of the passengers tried to throttle forward in an attempt to pry loose the anchor.[6]

Smith was named the 2009 recipient of the Detroit Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association/Pro Football Writers Association's Media-Friendly "Good Guy" Award. The Good Guy Award is given yearly to the Detroit Lions player who shows consideration to, and cooperation with the media at all times during the course of the season. His family accepted the award on behalf of the late NFL player.[citation needed]

Media portrayal

Smith will be portrayed by Terrence Terrell in the upcoming film Not Without Hope.[7]


  1. ^ "Coast Guard to End Search for Missing Boaters". CNN. March 3, 2009.
  2. ^ "Search suspended. Friends and family to organize private search". CNN. March 3, 2009.
  3. ^ "Cooper family: Time to begin healing". ESPN.
  4. ^ "Lions to hold memorial service for Smith". ESPN. March 20, 2009.
  5. ^ "Lions to retire Smith's No. 93 in '09". ESPN. March 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "Report: Boat not properly anchored". ESPN. March 27, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  7. ^ Lang, Brent (June 15, 2023). "Josh Duhamel Joins Joe Carnahan's Survival Thriller 'Not Without Hope'(EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 19, 2023.