While Tavis made his women fans spellbound with his great smile, the gay rumors hit the media.
However, the rumors neither disappointed his women fans, nor his TV shows and career.
Brown introduced Smiley to fellow football player George Hughley, who worked for Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley and connected Smiley to Mayor Bradley's staff.
Every week after meeting Bradley's staff, Smiley wrote a letter to the mayor's office asking for an internship, and once flew to Los Angeles to appeal.
Starting the following month, Smiley lived in the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity house at the University of Southern California.