Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — Of the many hats jack-of-all-trades specialist Brad Smith wears playing for the Buffalo Bills, none of them happen to be designed by Tommy Hilfiger.
That's about to change.
The Bills receiver, part-time quarterback and kickoff returner is preparing to expand his already versatile repertoire. Smith is going to try his hand at journalism and style, working as an intern for Men's Health Magazine to assist covering New York Fashion Week, which opens Thursday.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Smith said. "I'm excited about meeting new people. It's kind of an adrenalin rush. It's not in your comfort zone. You don't know anybody, which makes it exciting."
And a little daunting, too, for Smith, who is more familiar running the wildcat formation than he is the catwalk.
"I like to dress up," he said. "But at the same time, I'm a guy who will wear the same stuff for practice for a week — same sweat pants, practice jersey, whatever — to try to save on laundry."
Sweats and T-shirts, Smith understands, won't fly at an event considered to be the Big Apple's Super Bowl of fashion.
And his new boss, Men's Health fashion director Brian Boye, isn't concerned.
"I know he cleans up really well. And I know he's really interested in fashion," Boye said. "I don't have any doubt he's going to represent himself well, and represent the magazine well during his time here."
Boye hired Smith because of the enthusiasm he showed in applying for the position, and not merely as a public-relations stunt.
Smith isn't the first professional athlete to land an intern job at a national publication. Former New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery spent a month working for Vogue in 2008. At Men's Health, Smith follows in the footsteps of Philadelphia 76ers swingman Evan Turner, who spent a day interning at the magazine in November