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.”
— RavenSSSSSSSSSSS (@Ravens) October 17, 2018
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.