PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers standout tight-end tight end L.J. Smith is headed to Super Bowl XXXIX with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Smith, the sixth leading receiver all-time at Rutgers, caught one pass for 21 yards to help the Eagles defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 27-10, in the NFC Championship game yesterday in Philadelphia, giving the Eagles their first NFC title in 24 seasons. Smith will become the fifth former Scarlet Knight to play in the Super Bowl.
Now in his second season with the Eagles, Smith caught 34 passes for 377 yards (11.1 yards/catch) and five touchdowns during the regular season as the team’s fourth-leading receiver. He opened the season with a 3-catch, 50-yard effort including a touchdown in a 31-17 win over the New York Giants on Sept. 12 and posted a season-best 74 yards on four catches two weeks later in a 30-13 win over the Detroit Lions on Sept. 26.
Originally from Highland Park, NJ, Smith finished his RU career with 122 catches for 1,458 yards, good for sixth on the school’s all-time list. He earned Second Team All-BIG EAST and First Team All-ECAC honors in 2001 and was selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2003 draft.
Smith joins Super Bowl Champions Bill Pickell (Super Bowl XVII), James Jenkins (Super Bowl XXVI) and Harry Swayne (three time champion), as well as Ray Lucas, who played with the 1996 AFC Champion New England Patriots.