Even as a young child in Pahokee, Florida, football has played a very important role in Alphonso Smith’s life. He was a quarterback and defensive back for Pahokee High School’s championship football team and won several individual accolades for his athletic prowess. Following graduation, Alphonso Smith played football as a cornerback with the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons in North Carolina. Between 2004 and 2008, he was a starter for Coach Jim Grobe’s team and he managed to set a school record for interceptions. To this day, he still holds the record for career interceptions in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with 21.
Alphonso Smith received a number of honors while he played for Wake Forest. He was chosen as a second-team All-America by Walter Camp and he was chosen as a first-team All-ACC player, as well. Following his graduation from Wake Forest in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Alphonso was drafted into the NFL by the Denver Broncos in 2009. He was so sought-after that the Broncos actually traded up so that they could draft him. He played for in the NFL for the Broncos and Detroit Lions for four years and had many excellent games and, following his NFL career, Alphonso Smith was a sideline reporter and broadcaster with IMG in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a time before he was chosen as a coaching assistant for Carver High School in Winston Salem.
After a year with that school, Alphonso made the decision to return home to Pahokee, so that he could be the head football coach and Dean of Students for his alma mater, Pahokee High. In his first year, Alphonso led the Pahokee Blue Devils to an impressive 8-2 regular season record and a district title, which was a major improvement over the season before his triumphant return.