Smith was born and raised in Rothwell, West Yorkshire, where he attended Rodillian School.
Smith started his career with Leeds and scored in his first-team debut against Liverpool, aged 18.
I have been described as altruistic, driven and authentic. I spend time in the Dallas Arts District, Klyde Warren Park and East Dallas.
I value living a healthy and balanced life between work and personal time. It is when I am at the happiest and at my very best. I try to run at least one destination marathon every year. I also enjoy doing some philanthropic work at some Dallas charities.
He has also represented the England national football team, winning 19 caps.
Smith first came to prominence as both a striker and a right winger during his early days at Leeds United; however, after moving to Manchester United he broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in a match against Liverpool, whereupon manager Sir Alex Ferguson converted him to a holding midfielder, a role in which he continued after his transfer to Newcastle United.
2001 also saw Smith's break into the England national football team squad.
Smith continued his run in the Leeds side, as the club began to grow in stature.
He showed his class in 2001 while helping to lead the Leeds side through the Champions League, though his experience ended on a sour note as he was sent off in the semi-final.
He scored four goals in a UEFA Cup tie at Hapoel Tel Aviv in November 2002.
A hometown hero for supporters of Leeds United, Smith won the "Supporter's Player of the Year" award two years running between 20—a first in the club's history.