Smith is Patriots' UK connection

Former New England kicker and England native recalls time in Foxborough

Updated: October 22, 2009, 1:17 PM ET
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPNBoston.com

LONDON -- The Hall of Fame Game: summer of 1973. The New England Patriots against the San Francisco 49ers. A rookie runs onto the field in Canton, Ohio, hoping to win a contract and make his mark. For most in that position, it would be the moment when dreams of reaching the grand stage of the National Football League are realized and years of hard work pay off.

But not for John Smith. It wasn't just his NFL debut. "It was the first game I'd even seen," he said.

While ...

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