AT 6 FEET 5 INCHES, 265 pounds,
wearing a bulletproof vest, radio, body
camera and other equipment, O;cer
Andre Smith doesn’t need to announce
his presence when he enters a room. But
it is the former NFL tight end’s speed,
not his size, that has often surprised
both criminals and linebackers.
Although he traded in his football
uniform for the one issued by the Montgomery County Police Department,
Smith still needs to sprint every now
and then. On a recent patrol, he spotted
a teenager who matched the description
of a robbery suspect. ;e boy, about 15,
at first seemed to be cooperating with
Smith, who recognized the odor of marijuana as he approached. But then the kid
took o; running.
“He was a pretty athletic kid,” says
Smith, who still was able to catch him.
He cracks a smile. “I think he was a little
In 2006, he graduated from Seneca Valley
bit surprised he didn’t outrun me.”
Smith, 30, joined the department in
January 2017, the realization of one life-
long dream after another had ended. ;e
streets he now patrols are the same ones
he grew up on after moving to German-
town from Silver Spring as a young child.
High School as a star player for one of the
area’s most successful football programs.
He went on to play at Virginia Tech, and
then signed with the Chicago Bears.
Smith spent much of his time in the
Thirty-year-old Andre Smith
has already realized two
lifelong dreams. First he
played in the NFL. Now
he’s a Montgomery County
BY MICHAEL S. GERBER
Andre Smith, a Seneca
Valley High School alum,
was an NFL tight end before
joining the county police.