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Za’Darius Smith Bleeds Blue as AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Za’Darius Smith is riding high after the best performance of his NFL career.

Just a few days after he recorded five tackles, a career-high three sacks and one forced fumble, Big Z was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.  The former Kentucky defensive end was the brightest star for a Ravens’ defense that set franchise records in sacks and passing yards allowed against the Tennessee Titans.

During Za’Darius’ victory lap at the Ravens’ weekly press conference, he was asked about his UK roots.

“I kid you not, when I first signed to Kentucky, I thought it was going to be the way that it is now,” Smith said.  “I’m just glad that the program is having big success right now and winning.  I’m happy for them.  I’ll forever bleed blue.”

Big Z is all grown up.  It feels like just yesterday he was on “Change the Game” billboards around Lexington.  Now he’s changing the game on Sundays.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Za’Darius Smith Bleeds Blue as AFC Defensive Player of the Week



  1. Saul T. Nuts
    3:25 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    I love watching ZaDarius play on Sundays!



  2. SuperTroy18
    3:52 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    That is so cool. Z is one of the guys that laid the groundwork for this team. Love that guy!



  3. CB3UK
    4:57 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    Hell yes. Im a Bengals fan so I dont like see him getting after Andy but love seeing Big Z doing his thing in the AFC North.



  4. ClutchCargo
    12:15 am October 18, 2018 Permalink

    Very gratifying to see his hard work pay off for him and UK.