Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith has had a big last couple of weeks earning two prestigious NFL awards. First, Smith was named as only one of two Cowboys to represent the team during the 2014 Pro Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 from Aloha Stadium which will air live on NBC. This is Tyron’s first selection to the Pro Bowl, and the Cowboys most recent left tackle voted into the Pro Bowl since Flozell Adams back in 2008. Smith will be joined in Hawaii by teammate wide receiver Dez Bryant.
But the awards for the 23-year-old Smith did not end with the Pro Bowl as the Associated Press named him the lone Dallas Cowboy as a second team All-Pro selection for the 2013 NFL season. The last time the Cowboys had an AP All-Pro offensive lineman was 2007 when both guard Leonard Davis and tackle Flozell Adams were named.
In just his third NFL year, Smith had a stellar season allowing one sack on quarterback Tony Romo, while being penalized for holding just one time all season. Smith also started all 16 games and was a significant part of a Dallas offensive line which had the first 3,000+ yard passer in Tony Romo, 1,000+ yard receiver in Dez Bryant, and a 1,000+ yard running back in DeMarco Murray since Aikman, Irvin, and Smith accomplished that feat back in 1997. Cowboys offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan had this to say about Tyron’s play,
“I’ve had some really good tackles in my career, and he ranks right up there. He’s played at, I think, a Pro Bowl level on many occasions. He’s become more consistent in his play, and he’s gone against some of the best pass rushers in the league. To his credit, he’s worked tremendously hard. He’s deserving of anything that comes his way.”
You would think the 6-foot-5 left tackle weighing in at over 300 pounds who dominated some of the most fearsome defensive ends in the league on the field would be an imposing force off it, but that is not the case with Smith. He is unassuming in the Cowboys locker room and when praised for his play immediately deflects the praise to the offensive line and how well the group is doing. Setting Smith’s humility and desire to cast a positive light on his teammates aside, Tyron is deserving of the honors and certainly has proven the Dallas Cowboys scouting department right when they selected him in the first round in 2011.
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