Za’Darius Smith’s call-to-action worked.
Playing in his first playoff game for the Green Bay Packers, the former Kentucky Wildcat revealed a message to the viewing audience after he pulled down Russell Wilson in the NFC Divisional Round.
— Kyle ?? (@KyleNYY) January 13, 2020
Smith was initially left off the Pro Bowl roster. Today the NFL reversed course, promoting him to the NFC roster after Chicago’s Khalil Mack pulled out of the game with an injury.
The waiting game was unnecessary. Big Z was sixth in the league in sacks with a career-high 13.5, he led the NFL in quarterback hits with 37 and had the most total pressures with 93. That does not include the two sacks he picked up in the playoffs. In his first year with the Packers he recorded a team-high 17 tackles for loss. He also accounted for 55 tackles and a forced fumble.
Smith will join two other former Wildcats, defensive end Josh Allen and offensive guard Larry Warford, in Orlando for Saturday’s Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. It’s the most UK representatives in the Pro Bowl since Art Still, Jeff Van Note and Frank LeMaster made the team in 1981.