Atlanta Falcons Assistant GM announces passing of his father, former Chargers GM, A.J. Smith

Atlanta Falcons Assistant General Manager Kyle Smith and the Smith family announce the passing of his father, longtime executive and former General Manager of the San Diego Chargers, A.J. Smith.

Atlanta Falcons Assistant General Manager Kyle Smith and his family announced Sunday the passing of his father, longtime NFL executive and former San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Sith at the age of 75. Smith passed away on Sunday, May 12, surrounded by his loved ones, after a seven year battle against prostate cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, son, Kyle, daughter, Andrea, son-in-law, Noah, and three grandchildren.

Smith spent 35 years in the NFL moving through the ranks from part-time scout to general manger of the San Diego Chargers. During his time with the Chargers, 2003-12, Smith became the winningest GM in Chargers’ history with 98 wins over 10 seasons.

The Los Angeles Chargers gave a heartwarming message from owner and Chairman of the Board, Dean Spanos:

Belying a tough, matter of fact and no nonsense persona – one synonymous with that of a true football guy – was A.J.’s softer side which included a tremendous love for his family, the NFL and the Chargers. The architect of one of the greatest chapters in franchise history. A.J. made everyone around him better with a singular focus and intensity that elevated our organization. Our hearts are with his wife Sue, son Kyle, daughter Andrea and the entire Smith family during this difficult time.

Smith’s intensity and love of the game is readily apparent through his son, who was given the responsibility of Assistant GM after spending over a decade honing his skills through various player personnel roles.

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The senior Smith built a Chargers team that won five AFC West division titles and went through eight straight seasons (2004-2012) without a losing record, including four seasons of 11+ wins.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith family during this difficult time. 

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