Jason Smith doesn’t play around. While most of the other draft prospects saw their opportunity to talk with kids at an NFL Play 60 event as a chance to smile for the cameras, joke around and dispense cliches, Smith got serious.
The 6-foot-5, 309-pound offensive tackle noticed a cluster of kids seated in the back of the group chatting away and ignoring the panel of players. So Smith immediately raised his voice and sternly called them to attention: “Pssst, the kids in the back. Listen to what I’m saying.”
Smith then stood erect and focused his laser-like eyes on the audience of kids before saying he had three very important things to tell them. Seeing as how Smith has a commanding voice and large presence, it didn’t take long before the kids simmered down and turned their attention to the burly Baylor Bear.
Smith started out with a simple yet forcefully delivered message: “First, always listen to your parents!” He then continued by telling the kids to stay in school and to “always do the right thing, and learn right from wrong, so you can do the right thing.”
Smith gave one last glare to make sure the kids took his advice to heart before passing the microphone on to the next prospect.
If this football thing doesn’t work out, Smith might just have a future as a school principal.