Former Denver Broncos defensive end Ed Smith this week was named as the 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl Honorary Ambassador.
Smith, who was a college All-American, was the first Bahamian drafted by a National Football League (NFL) team and played two seasons for the Broncos.
Smith will be honoured during the 2018 bowl week, assist with the bowl’s annual Youth Football Clinic on December 19. The actual game will be played on December 21 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
“I am looking forward to serving as the Honorary Ambassador for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl this year,” said Smith.
“Football has come a long way, and the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is a stepping stone for the growth of the game in the Bahamas. There is so much potential for the game of football to continue to grow in the Bahamas, and the bowl and the youth football clinic encourages more kids to enjoy and partake in the game. The speed and athleticism that Bahamian athletes naturally possess can’t be taught, but the other skills needed in the game can, so they can have opportunities to play the game at higher levels.”
Bahamas Bowl executive director, Richard Giannini, considered it an honour for Smith to be on hand for the game.
“We are proud to recognize Ed as our 2018 Honorary Ambassador for his football accomplishments,” Giannini said.
“Ed was the first Bahamian to truly make his mark in college football and the NFL, and he set an example for countless Bahamian players over the years who followed his lead to play college football. We could not think of a better person to have as our ambassador this year for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.”
The fifth-annual Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will feature teams from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. The game will be televised nationally in the United States on ESPN.