Defensive lineman Antonio Smith** was named the inaugural recipient of the Oakland Raiders Craig Long Pride and Poise Award, the team announced Tuesday.
Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders' media relations department, the Craig Long Pride and Poise Award is presented to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.
Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Oakland Raiders' public relations staff from 1997-2004. An Iowa native, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.
Smith has started all 15 games for the Raiders this season, totaling 34 tackles (18 solo), three sacks and one forced fumble.