Former Syracuse football star Derrell Smith now a famous chef

Syracuse LB Derrell Smith
Former Syracuse LB Derrell Smith is now a chef. Photo Credit: Torian Lewin (IG @torianlewin)

The Juice on the Cuse podcast on the Bigheads Media Network is presented by At MyBookie, it’s time to celebrate the college football season! Sign up now and make your first deposit to get a dollar-for-dollar match all the way up to $1,000! Use promo code JUICEONCUSE and double your first deposit now. Your winning season begins today, only at MyBookie.AG.

Former Syracuse linebacker Derrell Smith was at the center of Syracuse’s turnaround in the Doug Marrone era. Derrell was the defensive captain of the 2010 team that won the Pinstripe Bowl against Kansas State, and after being named twice to the All Big East team, had a two-year career in the NFL.

In the time since then, Derrell has become the owner and CEO of 99EATS, a food company with a goal of connecting people through food and experiences. His cooking has been featured at the Barclays Center, Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, and also a video series at Bed, Bath and Beyond. 99EATS has also partnered with a variety of brands, including Hennessy, Hot97, and Tastemade.

» Related: Former Syracuse guard Rob McClanaghan has become the NBA’s premier trainer

Derrell joined me this week on The Juice on the Cuse podcast to talk about how he become a famous chef, social justice, his Syracuse playing days, and the current team. Among the highlights includes his take on current linebacker Mikel Jones (“that boy’s a dog”), advice for the current team (“just get better each week”), and his key sack against Rutgers that sent SU to bowl season in 2010.

Editor in chief Brad Bierman then joins me to talk about Syracuse football’s first win of the season against Georgia Tech. The defense was on point with four interceptions, and the offense showed signs of life behind true freshman running back Sean Tucker’s two touchdown day.

Brad closes the show by talking about two Syracuse alums big weekends in the NFL, while I talk about former Syracuse star Dion Waiters ending a 40-year NBA finals drought for the Orange.

Catch up on all episodes of “The Juice on the Cuse Podcast,” a Syracuse Orange podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

For more Syracuse coverage, Like our Facebook page, follow us @TheJuiceOnline and listen to our podcast.

Avatar photo
About Wes Cheng 2907 Articles
Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]