Alonzo Walter Highsmith, Sr

Football Player, America



Football Player, America

The talented all-rounder Alonzo Walter Highsmith, Sr. was born on February 26, 1965. He was a successful icon in many fields, which can be seen throughout his career as an American football executive, a former fullback, and a former boxer. Highsmith had an eventful life throughout his football career, which hit him in many ways. Currently, he is the General Manager for the University of Miami.

Early life and career

During his high school days at Christopher Columbus High School, he was an excellent defensive end player that helped him receive All-American, Florida high school Defensive Player of the Year, and Dade County Athlete of the Year honors. While he was on the team, he managed to push the team toward the state championship final in 1982. Alongside football, Highsmith was also interested in basketball in school days but decided to pursue football in the future.

College Career

Being one of the best players in the field, Highsmith had received multiple scholarships from different colleges like the University of Miami, Notre Dame University, and the University of Michigan. He finally went to the University of Miami, where he became a fullback before his freshman year. He played on the 1983 Hurricanes team that won the national title and paced the team in rushing during their 31-30 Orange Bowl triumph over Nebraska. Highsmith was considered one of the hardworking players by his coaches. During his sophomore year, he rushed his team for 906 yards on 146 carries and 11 touchdowns. He led the team with 442 rushing yards on 105 carries, earning him recognition as the finest fullback in the country. He also scored 8 touchdowns. With his excellent performances, he was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in the year 1997.

Professional career

As a professional football player, Highsmith's first stop was with the Houston Oilers. In 1987, he was picked third overall by the NFL. As a member of the Houston Oilers, he played in 38 games and helped mold one of the league's top blocking fullbacks. The Dallas Cowboys acquired Highsmith in a trade later that year (1990). But he had to deal with a lot of difficulties because of knee injuries he sustained throughout the offseason. However, his prior successes allowed him to earn a spot on the team. Despite his efforts on the field, he was ultimately placed on the injured reserve list due to persistent knee pain.

He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1991, but a recurring knee issue led to his release. Highsmith retired after 65 games played, 283 carries for 1,195 yards and 7 scores. In addition, he had 42 receptions for 428 yards and three scores. Despite the setbacks, he persisted in his goal. After retiring from football, Highsmith pursued a career in professional boxing. In his four years as a professional, Highsmith earned a 27-1-2 record at heavyweight.

The events throughout Highsmith's life have been dramatic and unpredictable. Highsmith is an inspiration to many young sportsmen because of his commitment and hard work. In the eyes of many, he was a game-changing player.

Career Highlights

Highest Rushing Attempts - During the 1989 season with the Huston Oilers, Highsmith had his highest rushing attempt of 128.

Highest touchdown - Alonzo Highsmith achieved his career-high touchdown total of 4 with the Houston Oilers in the 1989 season.

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Personal Information
BornFebruary 26, 1965 Bartow, FL (Age: 57)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight234 lb (106 kg)

Career Information
High schoolChristopher Columbus (Miami, Florida)
CollegeMiami (FL)
NFL draft1987 / Round: 1/Pick:3
PositionRunning back


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