The hype train for Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith is leaving the station if you haven’t already it may be wise to hop aboard.
Although I was in the minority, I have been on board since the day Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his staff selected him in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The selection of Jaylon in the 2nd round received much ridicule from various prominent Cowboys media personalities and fans. Some thought it was a wasted a pick and Smith would never play again due to the devastating knee injury he suffered in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.
It was a risky move for the Cowboys organization, but they were betting on Jaylon and now this season they are going to reap the rewards on the gamble. They like me knew it is foolish to bet against a man like Jaylon Smith.
I am a lifelong Notre Dame Football fan and I had been following Jaylon’s career years before he ever represented America’s Team. In doing so I had an insight into his best attribute, which is his character. I knew he possessed the mental fortitude to overcome his injury and return to form. Oh yeah, he was pretty good at football too.
Jaylon is in my opinion, one of the greatest college football players of all time. His game film from 2015 is among the best I have ever evaluated.
In 2015, a few months before his knee injury I went to a Notre Dame game in Palo Alto, California against the Stanford Cardinal. I was sitting in the far end zone when I saw Jaylon track a ball carrier from the weak side all the way across the length of the field and make a tackle for loss.
It was as if he was shot out of a cannon. Witnessing plays like that in person, tend to stick with you.