Former Kentucky pass-rusher Za’Darius Smith is a Pro Bowl starter.
Just one season after being snubbed for one of football’s greatest honors, Smith earned the most fan votes among NFC outside linebackers after registering a team-high 11 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles for the Green Bay Packers.
Now two years into his time with the Packers, Smith has picked up 25 total sacks and is the first Green Bay player to have back-to-back seasons with 11 or more sacks since Aaron Kampman (2006-07).
Smith is one of seven Green Bay Packers players to earn Pro Bowl honors, joining wide receiver Davante Adams, cornerback Jaire Alexander, tackle David Bakhtiari, guard Elgton Jenkins, running back Aaron Jones and quarterback Aaron Rodgers to make the roster.
While the roster spot is official, the 2021 Pro Bowl Game has been canceled due to COVID-19. In its place, the NFL is hoping to play a virtual Pro Bowl with participating players playing the newest edition of Madden, among other events and activities.
Smith was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round back in 2015 after a successful two-year season at Kentucky. Transferring from East Mississippi Community College for his final two years of eligibility, Smith started played all 24 games in 2013 and 2014, recording 119 total tackles (50 solo), 14.0 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, three pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries.
In his sixth season in the NFL, Smith has racked up a total of 215 total tackles (138 solo) and 43.5 sacks.