Born on 26th February 1965, Alonzo Walter Highsmith, Sr. is an American football executive, a former fullback, and a former boxer. He works as the University of Miami's general manager. In the years 2018 and 2019, he worked for the Cleveland Browns as the vice president of player personnel. Before that, from 2012 to 2017, Highsmith worked for the Green Bay Packers as a senior personnel executive for six seasons. He also participated in NFL games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Houston Oilers. He participated in college football at Miami University.
Highsmith attended Christopher Columbus High School, where he played defensive end while earning All-American, Florida high school Defensive Player of the Year, and Dade County Athlete of the Year awards. His team advanced to the state championship game that year. He played for the 1983 Hurricanes team that won the national championship and paced the team in rushing during its 31-30 Orange Bowl triumph over Nebraska.
With 1,914 rushing yards, 2,935 all-purpose yards, 25 career touchdowns, and five 100-yard running games, Highsmith concluded his college career with impressive numbers (tied for second in school history). He was honored with a spot in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
He has played with Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his NFL career. After his football career, he also became a professional boxer. Over a four-year career, Highsmith had a 27–1–2 record in the heavyweight class. 23 of those victories were achieved through knockout. Afterward, he acquired a Senior Personnel Executive position in the Green Bay Packers front office in 2012. Highsmith would join the Browns as the Vice President of Player Personnel on January 10. On June 12th, 2020, he agreed to full-time employment as a personnel executive with the Seattle Seahawks after serving as a consultant for the organization during the 2020 offseason.
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