Omarr Smith, one of San Jose State University's most reliable defensive backs during the 1990's, will have his Arena Football League Hall of Fame ceremony, Saturday, June 13, when the San Jose SaberCats host the L.A. Kiss at San Jose's SAP Arena. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
A starter for the Spartans as a freshman in 1995, he still holds the San Jose State records for most passes defended in a season (23 in 1997) and a career (44) covering the 1995 through 1998 seasons. Smith is one of seven Spartans to intercept a school record three passes in a game. His 13 interceptions tie him for fifth on the San Jose State career list.
The versatile, all-around player also served as the Spartans' punt returner his final two seasons. He set a school record in a 1997 win at the University of Texas El Paso gaining 150 yards in punt returns on seven attempts including an 84-yard game-winning touchdown return. Smith shares the modern-day San José State record with two career punt returns for a touchdown and ranks sixth on the Spartans' career list with his 11.2 yards per return average and 472 yards of punt returns.
Smith was able to pursue a professional football in 2001 with the SaberCats. He would go on to play seven seasons with the Arena League's San Jose team and with Tampa Bay in 2003. He was part of the SaberCats' three ArenaBowl championships in 2002, 2004 and 2007. The two-time All-Arena League honoree was a second-team selection in 2003 and a first-team choice in 2004.
He is the first San Jose State football player to be named to the Arena Football Hall of Fame.
In recognition of Smith's honor first announced in 2014, the SaberCats are offering San Jose State University students, faculty, staff and alumni a 50 percent off discount to the June 13 home game. Interested people should call Denis Cajina, Jr., at (408) 673-3400, ext. 31201.