Background and college
Smith attended Chaney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. He was a two-time all-state selection for football and twice was selected as the All-City Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for over 2,700 yards in his career and 34 TDs. He also rushed for over 1,200 yards and 19 TDs. Brad also played basketball and was an all-city selection.
After being redshirted in 2001 he became the four-year starter (never missing a start) for the Tigers of Mizzou. His redshirt freshman year he established himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in college football becoming only the second player in Division 1-A football history to ever pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000. He received numerous national and Big 12 Conference freshman honors, leading the Tigers to a 5-7 record. His sophomore year he led Mizzou to an 8-5 record and their first bowl game since 1998. In 2004 the Tigers went a disappointing 5-6 after beginning the season ranked number 17 by the Associated Press. His senior year he led the Tigers to a 7-5 record and his second Independence Bowl in three years and the first Mizzou bowl victory in 7 years. Smith was working on his graduate degree in Economics at Mizzou upon being drafted and received his business degree from Mizzou in May 2005. Smith has set numerous Missouri, Big 12, and Division 1-A records. In his junior season, he was considered a preseason Heisman candidate by many, but Mizzou and Brad did not live up to expectations, achieving only a 5-6 record.
As a Jet2006 NFL Draft. He was signed by the New York Jets on July 21, 2006 as a wide receiver/quarterback. The Jets have used Smith in a variety of ways, lining him up at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. He has returned kicks. In his first career game, he recorded one reception for 13 yards and rushed twice for 13 yards including a key first down on the Jets go-ahead TD drive late in the fourth quarter of a 23-16 win against Tennessee in 2006. He scored his first career touchdown against the Giants on October 7, 2007.