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Za’Darius Smith choosing football turned out well

Photo by Chet White – UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White - UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White – UK Athletics

In a reverse Willie Cauley-Stein sort of story, the Baltimore Sun talks about the Raven’s new outside linebacker/defensive ends’ decision to choose football over basketball. For those that don’t know Cauley-Stein played football in high school! Looks like Smith made the right decision as he was chosen as the 122nd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Jeff Zrebiec writes:

“My senior year of high school, I played AAU basketball. I was a center and guys were like 7 feet tall,” Smith said today after the first on-field workout of the Ravens’ rookie minicamp. “I was like, ‘Man, no rebounds. I can’t get [any] rebounds. I’ve got to come up with a backup plan.'”

You can read further on the former Cat, including what head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome think of Za’Darius, at the link below:

[Baltimore Sun: Pursuing football over basketball proved wise for Ravens rookie Za’Darius Smith]

Article written by Haley Simpson

I'm from Bullitt County but I'm not a 6'9 power forward with a solid outside shot. Follow me on Twitter: @haleysimpKSR

1 Comment for Za’Darius Smith choosing football turned out well



  1. HanOfTheBluegrass
    11:41 am May 9, 2015 Permalink

    Wrong Harbaugh,yo.