Roger Duane (Zeke) Smith was born June 3, 1935 in Uniontown, Alabama. He went to Auburn in 1956 to become one of the greatest linemen in War Eagle history. As a junior in 1958, "Zeke" won the Outland Trophy as college football's finest lineman. He was All-American in 1958 and 1959. He had been a sophomore starter on Auburn's 1957 National Championship football team. After graduation "Zeke" played for the Baltimore Colts on two National Football League championship teams and later for a short while for the New York Giants. After retiring he came to Birmingham to become a successful businessman.