Super Bowl hero Smith sentenced to federal prison

DENVER -- Former NFL running back and Super Bowl record-holder Timmy Smith was
sentenced in federal court Friday to 2½ years in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Smith, 42, apologized to the state of Colorado during a
hearing before U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock. "I have made
a mistake and I wasn't raised this way," he said.

Babcock said the former football player had been respected
at his job as a security guard at a juvenile detention center.
"You were leading a Jekyl and Hyde lifestyle," he said.

The former Washington Redskins running back was arrested last
fall along with his younger brother, Christopher, after the
pair sold about $20,000 worth of cocaine to undercover agents
with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Timmy Smith pleaded guilty in March to the conspiracy
charge after federal prosecutors agreed to drop eight
additional cocaine-trafficking counts in exchange for the
guilty plea.

Christopher Smith pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of
aiding and abetting and was sentenced this month to five years
of probation.

In January 1988, Smith rushed for a Super Bowl-record 204
yards in the Redskins 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos. He
last played for the Dallas Cowboys in 1990.