Countdown to the Big Game: Day 23 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Countdown to the Big Game: Day 23

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Our look at standout Heartland football players resumes with number 23.

Russ Smith was born in Carbondale in 1895 and went on to make his hometown very proud.

An offensive guard, Smith starred for the Salukis and eventually in the National Football League where he played from 1922-25 with the Chicago Bears, Canton Bulldogs, Milwaukee Badgers and Detroit Lions.

Along the way, he was part of two NFL championships.

For a full list of people from the Heartland with NFL ties, you can click here.

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