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Former Saints player Will Smith posthumously awarded MBA from the University of Miami

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS| RVARGAS@THEADVOCATE.COM

Racquel Smith holds up the MBA her late husband, former Saints player Will Smith, was posthumously awarded by the University of Miami on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Racquel Smith holds up the MBA her late husband, former Saints player Will Smith, was posthumously awarded by the University of Miami on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Lauren Renschler

The University of Miami posthumously awarded former Saints defensive end Will Smith a master’s degree in business administration during a ceremony Thursday.

Smith, 34, earned the degree through the university’s inaugural “Artists and Athletes” class before he was fatally shot following a traffic incident in New Orleans the night of April 9, said his publicist, Lauren Renschler.

Smith’s 33-year-old wife, Racquel, who suffered a bullet wound to each leg on the night her husband was killed, accepted the degree while seated in a wheelchair. She received a loud round of applause when introduced at the ceremony, a video provided by Renschler showed.

In a statement provided to the news media last month, the Miami School of Business’ dean, Gene Anderson, said Smith “was a wonderful student, easygoing, well-liked, and respected by all of his classmates, faculty and staff.” Smith was set to graduate from the program in July, Anderson said.

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