Smith quits Maggio 1 of 3 other cuts

June 14, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

Tim Smith arrived in the CFL Colts' training camp 2 1/2 weeks ago overweight and out of shape.

Yesterday, time ran out on his comeback.

In a move that helped reduce the Colts' roster to 65 players, the former Super Bowl hero retired from football, the club said.

The team also announced it had waived three players, including former Calvert Hall quarterback Kirk Maggio, trying to make the team as a punter.

Also cut were place-kicker Ian Howfield and fullback Sean Doctor. The departure of Howfield awards the kicking job to Donald Igwebuike, attempting a comeback of his own after a four-year exile from pro football.

Smith, who rushed for a record 204 yards in Super Bowl XXII in 1988 for the Washington Redskins, opted to retire when faced with the slim prospect of beating out Sheldon Canley and Mike Pringle at running back. Smith had fallen behind when he showed up out of shape and promptly pulled a hamstring the first day of training camp.

"We had a mutual agreement," said coach Don Matthews. "He really fought back. His style of play wasn't conducive to what we were doing."

The 5-foot-11, 220 pound Smith looked more like a fullback than the compact tailbacks he was competing against.

"Obviously, he could have been in better shape when he got here," said Jim Popp, director of player personnel. "When he missed practices, he got behind mentally.

"But the guy owns a Super Bowl record, and he will until someone beats it. A lot of running backs would love to have that."

Meanwhile, Matthews cut down the numbers in his kicking game. Maggio lost a punt-off against Robert Sims yesterday and was cut after the workout. That leaves Sims and newly-signed Josh Miller to fight for the punter's job.

Miller may even figure in the place-kicking competition. Matthews said that if Miller gains the upper hand in the punting derby, he would contend with Igwebuike for the place-kicking job.

With 37-man rosters in the CFL, versatility becomes a factor.

"Miller has to be as good or better than Igwebuike," Matthews said. "It would be my preference to have one player do both, but I'm not going to sacrifice one of the jobs to do it."

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