When Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles take the field for the 2006 season, a familiar face will be right beside the FSU head coach as he has been for 42 seasons. This year Billy Smith will carry an extra
title in addition to his state trooper rank of major - he will be an FSU Hall of Fame selection as the 2006 Moore-Stone Award winner.
In 1964, Smith was asked by then FSU coach Bill Peterson if he would be interested in traveling with the team, which was totally unique at the time. Peterson was looking to add credibility to a team
still earning respect in its home state. The Governor of Florida agreed to the unique arrangement and they negotiated a salary of "zero," which has been doubled every year since as Smith jokes.
Since that day, Smith has escorted the head coach and provided team security for FSU head coaches Bill Peterson, Larry Jones, Darrell Mudra and of course, Bobby Bowden.
In 1992, he was presented with the Bobby Bowden Appreciation Award. He has also received a special award by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club and has been awarded the Circle of Gold by the FSU Alumni
Association. Though never an athlete at FSU, Smith has also been given an honorary Varsity Letter.
Very few in the history of college athletics have been as close to a football program for so many years and even fewer garnered the respect and genuine affection that Smith has with his Florida State