Troy Smith Preps For His NFL Return, Joins UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks

The UFL has become a place for players who’ve struggled, been passed on and been cut. Daunte Culpepper, Maurice Clarrett, Lorenzo Booker, and many others have spent time in this upstart league as they hope to (and Booker did so successfully) get back in an NFL game.

It looked earlier in the UFL off-season that Colt Brennan was going to have a chance to finally play in a real game again for the first time in almost four years before the team he was signed to, the Hartford Colonials, ceased operations.

Now another famous college quarterback, Troy Smith, has joined the UFL. He’ll play for the Omaha Nighthawks with old Buckeyes Roy Hall and Maurice Clarrett as he pushes former Heisman-winner Eric Crouch and Heisman hopeful Jeremiah Masoli for the starting QB job.

Smith – drafted to the Ravens in 2007 – was 3-3 last year with the 49ers despite no run game, some of the most predictable play-calling in the NFL (Jimmy Raye) and a lack of time working with the first team (he also didn’t get to finish one of his starts). Earlier that year, the Ravens players voted him the best athlete on the team.

The Omaha Nighthawks open their season at home against the Virginia Destroyers on September 15th and have consistently massive crowds. This will only persist if Troy Smith, an electric playmaker and likable leader, is the starter. Troy recently was the runner-up in a tryout for the Dolphins alongside Kevin O’Connell on August 6th.

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13 Responses to “Troy Smith Preps For His NFL Return, Joins UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks”

  1. archived says:

    I’ve noticed something: you just can’t seem to post anything about the UFL without a shameless Colt Brennan plug.

  2. Blondie808 says:

    Nice article Chris. As a 9er fan, I am really pulling for Troy Smith because he’s shown flashes when the bullets fly in the real NFL. He will be an attractive option if an NFL QB goes down mid-season. Plus he came from a real school that played real competition, unlike the aforementioned Colt Brennan who played in a gimmick WAC offense. Brennan cried and quit on his team versus Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. That can’t be debated because it was on the broadcast. Brennan was never going to make it in the NFL anyhow so he’s where he belongs, in the unemployment line. Nice guy, but not big-boy football material. The UFL is about the limit for him.

    • fgpollard says:


    • Ed says:

      It’s obvious that you don’t no much about talent. Colt Brennan was one of the most prolific QB in college history. He has put up big numbers against big time program, USC, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin at others. If he gets a chance to play (professionally) I believe he will do very well.

  3. goodyearBLIMP says:

    I figured Troy Smith would be further along in his career by now, especially with his mobility at the NFL level. He’ll be back there soon. As far as Colt Brennan, nobody cares.

  4. George T. Steele. says:

    These Colt Brennan haters crack me up. They always babble something about his collegiate accomplishments being due to a “gimmick offense”. If the 4-wide/pass-centric offense puts up massive numbers of yards and points, why doesn’t everyone use it?

    Remember: the team that scores the most points wins every game.

  5. moneyforG says:

    We haven’t heard the last from Troy Smith!

    And nobody gives a #$%t about Colt Brennan.

  6. John G says:

    It seems like players from some college teams get an unlimited amount of chances in the NFL to succeed such as Mike Sanchez with the Jets but someone like Troy Smith never get a chance even though he was a great college player and has all the tools

  7. Mike DeAngelo says:

    Why is it when you watch football on TV that you eat so much. I eat a sub and then order two Pizza and eat and eat. I eat alittle less when my team is losing, but I make up for it later. I like to eat bacon during games, but I wanted to give you a warning. Cook it first, otherwise it is too much for a snack,

  8. Picked up says:

    Troy Smith needs to be on an NFL squad!

    Colt Brennan needs to be concentrating on something other than UFL or NFL football, he sucks big balls.

  9. toussaint says:

    Troy is the real deal maybe its because of his ethnicity that the Nfl doesnt want him but if you can go 3-3 with a partial understanding of an nfl teams offense the player no matter who deserves a chance good luck troy better than 70 percent of nfl starters at qb

  10. shibopshibop says:

    It’s too bad the Raiders picked up Carson Palmer instead of Troy Smith. Troy Smith did great backup duty last season for the 49ers, and he would have given comparable performance for much less than two first-round draft picks.

  11. Dan The Man says:

    Troy Smith would have started for the Ravens in 2009 but for getting the flu. The owner decided that the future was Flacco and got Troy out of there. I hope he gets a shot somewhere.