Tim Foley: “Fred Biletnikoff of the Raiders was certainly one of the toughest for me. I think if they had rested him we’d have been okay because he was real clever and shifty. The fast guys were not as difficult for me to cover as the clever guys because they depended on their speed. I’d just set up deep and turn around and start running. Fred would always move you around and he never did the same thing twice in a row. He’d line up wider and run a sideline route instead of moving it in and using more room to take advantage of the sideline. I’d have to study a lot of film on him to prepare.”
Who sets/set the bar at your position and why?
Smith: “It’s definitely Darrelle Revis (N.Y. Jets). He’s the premier corner in the NFL right now and no disrespect to the other corners in the league, but from what I see Darrelle is the top dog.”
Foley: “Since I wasn’t the biggest or fastest guy out there I couldn’t relate to the guys like Mel Blount (Steelers) because they approached the position differently. Pat Fischer with the Washington Redskins was actually smaller than me so I’d have to say he was one I studied quite a bit. He may have been the only guy in the league that lined up deeper than me in the secondary.”
What has been/was the most memorable moment of your career?
Smith: “I’d have to say Jason Taylor’s retirement. That whole game was more than just a game. The players definitely wanted to win for him. I know he played his heart out and just to see what he went through and then him getting carried out of the stadium, that’s something that I will never forget.”
Foley: “There were a lot of special memories from the 1972 season because we certainly weren’t the most talented team in the league that year but we were the best coached team and the most prepared team. It wasn’t about any one player. So for me, walking off that field after beating the Redskins to win the Super Bowl and finish off the perfect season at 17-0 has to be at the top.”
What do/did you do during the offseason to keep you preoccupied?
Smith: “I have a little boy so he keeps me occupied. So whether that’s taking him on a vacation or going back home to California, he definitely keeps me busy.”
Foley: “I started a business called Sport Rooms. There were no public racquetball places in Miami when we arrived down there so I ended up starting that company. Our motto was, ‘At Sport Rooms we put a little play in your day.’ I also worked for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a volunteer in the high schools.”
What is your best Coach Philbin/Coach Shula story?
Smith: “It has to be the ‘No Swag Allowed’ story.
Foley: “More than just a story it has to be about the dynamic that existed between the players and the coaches. Don was like the strict, no-nonsense father from the moment he arrived in 1970. By the time the ’72 season came around he took no prisoners. He’d ask you a question and before you could answer he’d tell you to be quiet. He didn’t play any favorites, except for maybe Bob Griese. He was a roaring lion,. His assistant coaches were the antithesis, specifically Bill Arnsparger, Howard Schnellenberger, Mo Scarry and Tom Keane.”