Lee Smith becomes internet sensation

Posted Dec 14, 2012

As first touchdowns at Ralph Wilson Stadium go, Bills tight end Lee Smith’s was better documented than most.

Smith has become something of a viral-video superstar for his plunging dive into the crowd Sunday, when he unexpectedly tumbled into the stands during a celebration known as the “Buffalo Bounce.” The video of Smith’s TD and subsequent fall into the first row of spectators ranks as the most-viewed video ever hosted on the team’s website.

Smith laughs and tells that peer pressure made him do it.

“It’s not something I have done in the past but Scott (Chandler) was behind me yelling ‘you better jump!’ I saw the fans, they were waving me on and I said to myself, ‘Why not? This is the NFL.’

As Smith veered closer, he describes the fans as being ‘shocked’ by his 6-foot-6, 265-pound frame.

“I took off and the closer I got, they realized that I was a bit bigger than they thought, so they got out of the way pretty quickly once I left the ground.”

Smith has no hard feelings about the drop, and in fact laughs it off and is glad he could put smiles on people’s faces.

“I don’t have any hard feelings toward the fans,” he says. Although a healthy debate has emerged as to who is responsible for making sure a player is supported during his short surf into the crowd, Smith’s feelings reflect the reality of fans attempting to catch a running, leaping NFL tight end.

“If I was their size and they were mine I probably would have gotten out of the way too.”

Although the Bills fell to the Rams 15-12, Smith is happy that he was part of a moment that will live on in stadium folklore.

“My family and friends loved it,” said the second-year pro out of Marshall. “My adrenaline was pumped - it was my first touchdown at the Ralph and my first time making the plunge into the stands. It was a fun memory and it will be something that I can pull up on YouTube and show my kids one day.”

When asked if he would ever jump again, he could only laugh and say, “I will never jump into the stands again - no matter who tells me to. I will hand the ball back to the official like I always have.

Despite the fact that Smith’s TD was celebrated for reasons other than its impact on the game, he’s happy with how things played out.

“I wouldn’t take it back if I could.”