Well, you can’t show up in a suit like the one DeVonta Smith was wearing during the most recent ESPYs and expect to lose at anything. Come on, the suit alone says ‘winner’, doesn’t it? By now, it should be a foregone conclusion. If the Philadelphia Eagles‘ rookie stays healthy, he should have a long and prosperous career.
He’s already pulling in the accolades and hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. Fans are excited as they should be, and even if we all have questions about whether or not too much is being heaped on his shoulders, if you’re a Philly fan, seeing him shine on July’s second Saturday was reason enough to watch everyone sit in the rain during ESPN’s award show.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ latest honor is the first of many this season.
As hard as this may be to believe, it’s been quite some time since Alabama’s football team was recognized in some shape, form, or fashion at the ESPYs. As a matter of fact, they haven’t taken home any hardware since 2006, but Smith took care of that in a matter of moments.
He was named the best college athlete in men’s sports, an award no other Alabama prospect has ever taken home (Derrick Henry was a finalist in 2016 and Mark Ingram was a finalist in 2010).
That’s hard to believe with as many great players that have gone the program as of late, but it’s true. As a matter of fact, Alabama’s last ESPY was awarded to them thanks to Tyrone Prothro’s legendary catch versus Southern Miss. That earned the school the honor of being the best sports play of the year in 2006.
So, here we are, headed into another week. Fans of The Crimson Tide have reason to celebrate, as do Philadelphia Eagles fans. For the latter, this is the first of many accolades that fans can expect for Number 6.
Expect some pretty special performances out of your highly-touted rookie in 2021. Might we see an offensive rookie-of-the-year trophy? How about a spot on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team? Don’t be surprised if or when it happens. Big things are coming for Mr. Smith this season.