Dennis Smith (born February 3, 1959 in Santa Monica, California) is a retired American football safety who wore number 49 for the National Football League's Denver Broncos between 1981 and 1994.
Smith played high school football as a wide receiver and defensive back at Santa Monica High School (Samohi). Dennis Smith was a great prospect who went on to be a Pro Bowl player. But at that time his standard as a player was to emulate Dennis Thurman, who had been such an outstanding player previously at Samohi in 1974 who also later starred at USC and Smith would eventually follow Thurman as a freshman to run track and play football at USC as a safety. Smith also ran on the track & field team at Santa Monica and broke the HS high jump record (which has since been eclipsed) in 1977. He was coached by Tebb Kusserow who has also coached other NFL notables such as Dennis Thurman, Junior Thurman, Mel Kaufman, Pat O'Hara, Dean Cain (TV's Superman), Glyn Milburn, Sam Anno, Damone Johnson and many others. Smith has alo been inducted into the Santa Monica High School Hall of Fame for athletes and has had his number "symbollically" retired by the school.
Smith was a consensus All-America choice as a senior at USC in 1980. He played in two Rose Bowls for the USC Trojans. He played in a secondary which included 3 future NFL All-Pro's: himself, the San Francisco 49ers' Ronnie Lott, and the Minnesota Vikings' Joey Browner. Smith was a consensus All-America choice as he lettered four times in football and three times in track. He posted 205 career tackles and 16 interceptions. He was inducted into the USC Ring of Fame in 2001. Smith played at Southern California (1977-1980) for John Robinson in a star-studded defensive backfield and is a member of the USC team that won the national championship in 1978.