An upbeat Jaylon Smith keeps the faith on his road to recove

An upbeat Jaylon Smith keeps the faith on his road to recove

Postautor: lucky » 26 wrz 2017, o 03:53

The traffic slog up to AT&T Stadium spares Jeff Cumberland Youth Jersey no one, rich or poor, gifted or unathletic, because 100,000 people descending on an area near a baseball stadium and a Six Flags amusement park is destined to be chaos. On opening night for the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, Richard King took a cab as far as he could, then went the rest of the way on foot. King works security at a hospital about 1,500 miles away in Pennsylvania, and before he left to see his first Cowboys game, he bought a Jaylon Smith jersey. He loved the young linebacker's story -- how Smith came back from a gruesome knee injury http://www.jetsshopnfl.com/jeremy-kerley-jersey_c-423.html in his final college game -- and figured the No. 54 shirt would stand out in a stadium full of Daks and Zekes. As he approached AT&T Stadium, King heard someone yell, "Yo, 54!" from a white Chevy Tahoe. The man behind the wheel was stuck in traffic too. It was Jaylon Smith. "If you jump in here," Smith told King, "I'll sign that for you." King thought somebody must be playing a joke on him. But Smith cleared some stuff off his passenger seat, and King hopped in while Smith dug out a Sharpie. He signed the back of the jersey and mugged for pictures with King. When a couple of Smith's teammates were told about the encounter this past week, they thought the exchange was cool -- up until the part about letting a random fan into the car. People who know Smith say there's an innocence about him, an unbreakable faith in people, God and himself. And as King climbed out of the SUV, Smith actually thanked Todd Gurley Youth Jersey him. "I didn't even believe it was happening," King said. "He said he was glad to see that people still had faith in him." People generally don't act this way. Jaylon Smith spent 20 months recovering from a shredded knee, and during his rehab last year as a rookie, he smiled every single day. While various media types were writing last year that Smith would never play again, he spoke to about 1,500 men at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Pastor James Lee said it was like a scene from the movie "Braveheart," and by the time Smith was finished, everyone in the building gave him a standing ovation and was convinced he would be back on the field again in 2017. Smith not only recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a torn lateral collateral ligament and a stretched nerve in his knee; he is starting at middle linebacker for Dallas and currently http://www.ramsnflofficialproshop.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_COOPER_KUPP_JERSEY.html leads the team with 23 tackles, according to the coaches' breakdown. On Monday night, he'll travel back to University of Phoenix Stadium, where he suffered the injury 632 days ago that changed his life. Yet Smith said he has put no thought into the significance of the venue for the game between the Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals. To give you an idea of how little his family has thought about it, his older brother, Rod Smith, a backup running back for the Cowboys, didn't even remember that the Cardinals' home field was where Jaylon suffered the injury that dropped him from a top-five pick to completely off the board for some teams. As of Thursday, there were no plans for their parents to attend the game. "It's something in the past," Rod said. "He's beaten those odds." The Cowboys reportedly had planned to put him on sort of a pitch count in the preseason, but then they wound up Authentic Marcus Peters Womens Jersey in schemes that favored Smith in the season opener against the New York Giants. He looked good, recording seven tackles and a forced fumble. He has progressed enough to take away playing time from veteran Justin Durant. When asked whether he was surprised that Smith was playing so much so early in the season, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said, "Nothing surprises me." "He's gaining ground with every step. He's got really extraordinary talent. He's really fast. He's learning. He hustles and does all the things right, and he's going to get better every week." Before that life-altering day in Arizona, Smith, an All-American for Notre Dame, had never been seriously hurt. He had never missed a game, never missed a practice, in high school or college. While some seniors or players who are declaring for the draft don't fly home with the team after a bowl game, Smith rode back with his teammates. He spent the first couple of days at the Morris Inn, a hotel on the South Bend, Indiana, campus. Michael Bertsch, Notre Dame's director of football media relations, was one http://www.chiefsnflofficialprostore.com/PHILLIP-GAINES-JERSEY-CHEAP.html of the first people to check in on him. Bertsch is 41, with a 1-year-old son, and he can't imagine how he would handle something like that. Smith was sitting on the bed, his leg propped up, and Bertsch tried to console him. But there was no need. "I just can't wait to get started on getting back," Smith told Bertsch. Smith would drop 20 pounds from his 245-pound body and vomit from the effects of anesthesia. When he eventually got back on his feet and posted video of himself moving around, it was one of those "That poor guy" moments for his doubters. He flunked some NFL physicals in February, but even then, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly was convinced that Smith, who declared early for the draft, would be back to playing football. Kelly told coaches and general managers that, and some listened. Others didn't. He sat in his office for an interview with ESPN.com in the winter of 2016, predicting that Smith would be a star in the NFL.
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