GREEN Bay Packers linebacker Preston Smith has played in the NFL for seven years with only one missed game.
Smith is the only player in the NFL to have more than 25 sacks in his career and in 2019, he was named a Pro Bowl alternate in his first season with the Packers.
Who is Preston Smith?
Preston Smith, 29, is an NFL linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.
Smith attended Mississippi State where he played eight games during his freshman year in 2011.
By his senior year, he had become a valuable asset to the team and won the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week Award three weeks in a row making him the only player in the college's history to do so.
He caught the eye of the NFL and in 2014, he was drafted by Washington as a fourth-round pick. He signed a four-year contract with the team for $4,095,86 million and a $2,4363,167 signing bonus.
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Smith made it to the starting position in his first season with Washington and reached a team-high of six tackles and one quarterback sack.
Preston Smith played for Washington until 2019 when he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and signed a four-year contract for $52million and a $16million signing bonus.
What are Preston Smith's stats?
In the course of his 7-year career, Smith has accrued 49.5 sacks, 195 tackles, and five interceptions.
Although he has found success in the NFL, his original reaction after being drafted by Washington was filled with uncertainty.
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"Sometimes I get out there and second-guess myself," Smith told ESPN. "I second-guess myself a lot. I want to do something [on a rush] and I don’t know if it will be ok with the coaches, because I just got here. It’s a transition, first see what the coaches feel about it and then once you get the ok you can try it."
Despite his doubts, Smith added, "I feel I’m really close to showing who I am as a player and how much I progressed.
"I’m not that far. I feel a few steps away from being the total player I am."
Does Preston Smith have children?
It was in his junior year at Mississippi State when Smith found renewed purpose in his life on and off the field.
At about 2am on New Year's Eve heading into 2014, Smith got a call that his daughter had been born in Atlanta.
He approached the next game in the Liberty Bowl with renewed vigor and was named the game’s defensive MVP.
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Smith continued into his senior year, bringing success with him, and told ESPN in 2014 that his daughter is his "good luck charm."
“It makes you work hard knowing you need to provide for someone else,” he said. “It’s not only you anymore. You have to work to provide for them and give them a life.”
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