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Corey Smith | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 250
College: North Carolina State
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The Lions will retire No. 93 in memory of DE Corey Smith, who was lost at sea when his boat was capsized in the Gulf of Mexico in March.
The search for Will Bleakley, Marquis Cooper, and Smith was called off two weeks ago. Smith ended his career with 8.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and 63 tackles in 59 games. He was mostly a situational rusher and special teamer. Sun, Mar 22, 2009 01:29:00 PM

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Former USF player Nick Schuyler's condition was upgraded to good Wednesday.

He will remain hospitalized, but should move out of the critical care unit. Schuyler is the lone man rescued after a boat carrying him, NFL players Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper, and former USF player Will Bleakley capsized Saturday. Schuyler's body temperature was 89 degrees when rescued, but he quickly recovered once in medical care.
Wed, Mar 4, 2009 11:34:00 AM

Nick Schuyler, the lone survivor from a Florida fishing-trip disaster involving two NFL players before the search was called off, revealed that the four lost men at one point had a helicopter hovering over them.

The helicopter's light shined down on the four, but must not have seen them. Schuyler said the NFL players -- Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper -- were first to drift away in the rough waves. He called former USF player Will Bleakley "a hero" for swimming under the capsized boat they were hanging onto to retrieve life vests. Bleakley eventually was separated too. The search for Cooper, Smith, and Bleakley was called off at sunset Tuesday.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 09:09:00 PM

The Coast Guard announced that it will end its search for NFL players Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper and former college player Will Bleakley at 6:30 ET Tuesday.

A life vest and cooler were found near where Nick Schuyler was rescued, but he is currently the lone survivor. The Coast Guard officially calls the hunt "suspended," but it won't resume barring an unexpected break. "Any search and rescue case where we have to stop is disappointing," Capt. Timothy Close said. "I think the families understood we put in a tremendous effort." Asked why the search stopped, Close said "It has to do with our confidence level that we would find anybody on the surface level at this point."
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 04:33:00 PM

The father of Raiders special teamer Marquis Cooper told the AP that the Coast Guard is losing hope of finding his son, Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley, who are lost off the Gulf of Mexico after a storm.

The Coast Guard privately informed the families that the time frame of the search has made officials pessimistic. Nick Schuyler's rescue helped at first, but the remaining three have now been in the water for up to 72 hours.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 03:05:00 PM

The Coast Guard said Tuesday that Corey Smith, Marquis Cooper, and Will Bleakley put on their life vests after their boat capsized Saturday.

The one man rescued, Nick Schuyler, said the boat overturned as they were pulling up anchor. The four men then swam under the boat and retrieved their life vests. Schuyler was also wearing a rain coat when found.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 11:16:00 AM

The Coast Guard is concerned that hypothermia is becoming a concern with missing boaters Corey Smith, Marquis Cooper, and Will Bleakley.

Hypothermia is a possibility after 18 hours in 64-degree water, but there is some hope that being football players with larger physiques will work in their favor.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 09:52:00 AM

The Coast Guard has "significantly" narrowed its search for missing boaters Corey Smith, Marquis Cooper, and Will Bleakley off the Gulf of Mexico.

Nick Schuyler, the lone boater rescued, is currently in stable condition. The others are in life vests, physically fit, and experienced boaters, but Schuyler was severely dehydrated and mentally shaky when recovered. As of Monday at 7PM ET, the missing have been in the water for as many as 55 hours.
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 07:00:00 PM

The father of Nick Schuyler revealed to Tampa Bay channel 10 that his son told him he'd been in the water since "Saturday afternoon" before being rescued 35 miles offshore in Florida Monday.

That means the four men were in the water for as many as 48 hours. ESPN's Sal Paolantonio confirms that Schuyler was in a life vest when he was recovered. Paolantonio adds that early Sunday (we've heard at around 2AM Monday) the other three men split off after clinging to the overturned boat. Schuyler doesn't know why they were separated.
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 04:06:00 PM

Former USF football player Nick Schuyler said after he was rescued off the Gulf of Mexico Monday that the boat he, Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley were fishing on was anchored before the storm hit.

Schuyler confirmed that he's "all right." The search continues for the others. The torrential weather has subsided some, but waves are still 6-8 feet high. Normal wave height is 2-3 feet. Cooper and Smith are experienced boaters and deep-sea fishermen, which has to be working in their favor.
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 01:49:00 PM

MyFOX Tampa Bay reports that the remaining three missing football players -- Corey Smith, Marquis Cooper, and Will Bleakley -- were wearing life vests before they were lost off the Gulf of Mexico.

Cooper's cousin also told MyFOX that his relative is "a great swimmer...I know that man's gonna be fine." Fellow boater Nick Schuyler was found 30 miles offshore Monday afternoon. It's uncertain if Schuyler was in a life vest.
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 01:26:00 PM

After searching 16,000 square miles of water off the Gulf Coast, the Coast Guard has seen no sign of the fishing boat carrying Corey Smith, Will Bleakley, Nick Schuyler, and Marquis Cooper.

The harsh weather has subsided a bit, but conditions are still affecting the search. Even after tripling the search area, the Coast Guard is holding out hope for a miracle.
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 11:36:00 AM

The Coast Guard did not receive a distress signal from the missing boat carrying Lions DE Corey Smith and Raiders LB Marquis Cooper.

It doesn't mean Smith's boat didn't send a signal, but no SOS call was received. The Coast Guard remains hopeful that the men are still on the boat and drifting in open water. The boat's manufacturer claims the boat is unsinkable, even if capsized.
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 10:13:00 AM

The Coast Guard has not called off the search for a missing boat carrying Raiders LB Marquis Cooper and Lions DE Corey Smith, despite a previous report to the contrary.

Given the extremely rough conditions still at sea, the 87-foot boats that were being used were replaced by 110-foot boats. The Air Force is now also chipping in. Two other men, Nick Skyler and William Bleakley, were also on the boat.
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 12:32:00 AM

Profootballtalk.com reports that authorities have called off the search for a missing boat believed to be carrying Raiders LB Marquis Cooper and Lions DE Corey Smith.

Sobering news. The boat was also carrying two other friends: Nick Skyler and William Bleakley. The hunt was called off after a wide search for debris off the Gulf of Mexico. PFT's Mike Florio writes, "As it was explained to us, unless the men made it onto another vessel or managed to navigate 13-foot waves in that 21-foot boat, it’s not looking good." Our thoughts and prayers are with the four men and their families.
Sun, Mar 1, 2009 11:14:00 PM

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