Rider Hall of Fame BIO
  •  Sport: Soccer
  •  Date Inducted: February 1997

One of America's pioneers in the development of professional soccer, and the North American Soccer League in the 1970's, Until the late 1990's, Bobby Smith owned records he established with Rider College from 1969-1972 including career goals (46) and goals in a season (16).  A two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference West Division Most Valuable Player, Bobby Smith was selected by the NASL's Philadelphia Atoms and as a rookie, won second team All-NASL status. In 1975, he was the only American born and trained player on the 33-team contingent of NASL first team, second team and honorable mention standouts. He later landed with America's most popular team, the New York Cosmos and was a starting fullback and star on the same team that included Pele of Brazil. The Cosmos won the 1977 and 1978 NASL championships. Only Werner Roth and Ricky Davis join Smith with three NASL championship rings.  Smith was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in August, 2007 and had his number 10 retired by the Rider Soccer team in November, 2007.