Former NFL players Kenny Smith and Tim Castille are scheduled to walk in today’s summer graduation exercise at Alabama, according to a university news release.
Smith played at Alabama during 1997-2000, helping the Crimson Tide win the 1999 SEC championship. He was in the NFL during 2001-09, but his time in pro football was marred by spending three seasons on injured reserve (2004-05 and 2008).
The New Orleans Saints took him in the third round of the 2001 draft, and he spent three seasons with the organization. He started 10 games and finished with 56 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
During 2004-09, he spent time with Oakland, Tampa Bay, New England and Kansas City. He was out of the NFL in 2006. Of those four franchises, the Chiefs were the only team to play him in a game. In 2009, he played in six contests, making three tackles.
Tim Castille played fullback at Alabama during 2004-07 before spending 2008 with the Arizona Cardinals and 2009-10 with the Kansas City Chiefs. For his career, he rushed 19 times for 58 yards and caught 18 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.
He is serving as a graduate assistant coach for the current Alabama team.
Also scheduled to graduate today is Alabama’s Carson Tinker, a long snapper who has one more year of eligibility. Football players David Blalock, Samuel Kearns and Nick Tinker also are scheduled to graduate.