Jonnu Andre Smith was born on August 22, 1995, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Smith is a former American football tight end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL).
Jonnu Smith has found a new home in free agency after agreeing to terms to a four-year, $50 million deal with the New England Patriots, but it won’t be long until the Titans see their former third-round pick on the field.
He played college football at Florida International University, As a freshman in 2013, Smith played 12 games with 388 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
As a sophomore in 2014, he played 12 games with 710 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. As a junior in 2015, he played in 8 games with 397 receiving yards and four touchdowns. As a senior in 2016, he played 11 games with 506 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Smith majored in liberal studies at Florida International.
On January 17, 2017, it was announced that Smith had accepted an invitation to play in the 2017 Senior Bowl. On January 28, 2017, Smith played in the Reese’s Senior Bowl for Chicago Bears’ head coach John Fox’s North team who lost 16–15 to the South. Smith was one of 19 tight ends who received an invitation to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Smith had an impressive performance and finished in the five among tight ends in the majority of the drills.
The Tennessee Titans selected Smith in the third round with the 100th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
On May 17, 2017, the Titans signed Smith to a four-year, $3.10 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $706,288.
During his second game as a professional player for the Titans, he recorded two receptions for 30 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown on a 32-yard screen pass from Marcus Mariota during the fourth quarter of a 37–16 road victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Smith finished his rookie year with 18 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith entered the 2018 season as the Titans’ No. 2 tight end behind veteran Delanie Walker. He was named the top tight end on the depth chart after Walker suffered a dislocated ankle during the season-opening 27-20 road loss to the Miami Dolphins. He struggled at first but he would finally get a grip of the game.
However, during a 30–9 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he suffered a season-ending MCL injury and due to this, Smith finished the 2018 season with 20 receptions for 258 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith later returned in the 2019 season where he finished the season setting career-highs in receptions with 35 and receiving yards with 439 along with tying a career-high in touchdowns with three. He also rushed four times for 78 yards.
The Titans finished second in the AFC South with a 9–7 record and made the playoffs as a Wild Card team. In the Divisional Round against the Baltimore Ravens, Smith caught a one-handed touchdown during the first quarter of the 28-12 road victory.
Smith’s best friend, Willie “Quasim” Jefferson, died from a gunshot in October 2016. Smith gave his son Jaiyen the middle name Quasim in honor of Jefferson. Smith competed in weightlifting, finishing second in the county in the 219-pound weight class.
Has a son, Jaiyen.
Smith credits his mother, Karen, for his successes. When Smith was four, his father, Wayne Smith passed away as a result of a tow truck accident, killing him at age 40. As a result, Karen raised all six children by herself. “My mother is my rock,” said Smith. “It was tough, but we always got what we needed—not necessarily what we wanted all the time—but what we needed. She was so strong all the time.”
Smith is a Christian. Smith has said, “Faith is the foundation of everything I do, and I am so thankful for the way I was raised because I lean on the things I learned as a kid today as a grown man. … I am a man of faith, and I am a man of God and I truly believe that everything is ordained for a purpose.”
On October 31, 2016, Smith was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend, Mary Gaspar, who was five months pregnant. The argument took place in their campus dorm room, where Gaspar used a kitchen pot and poured boiling hot water onto Smith. Smith suffered burns and was ruled out for the rest of his senior year.
Gaspar was arrested for aggravated battery and entered a not guilty plea. The charges against her were dropped the following year.
Smith has recently signed a $50 million contract with the New England Patriots. His salary will be a whopping $12.5 million annually, with $31.25 million guaranteed.
As of 2018, Smith’s net worth was valued at around $25 million.