Star Magazine Feature: Tyron Smith
In a past issue of Star Magazine, I published a feature on Tyron Smith. It’s posted now on DallasCowboys.com, so check it out.
With all of the offseason attention Jason Garrett received over the Cowboys’ play-calling situation, it’s easy to overlook that since Garrett became the head coach in late 2010, there has been a radical shift in the organization’s philosophy regarding personnel. Rather than collecting individual talents and lumping them together, Garrett has attempted to build a team, a true cohesive unit, whose worth is greater than the sum of its parts by emphasizing oft-overlooked traits: intelligence, character, drive, and perhaps most importantly, selflessness.
In his search for the “right kind of guys,” the Garrett-led Cowboys have landed a number of values through the draft. Those players – Bruce Carter and DeMarco Murray, among others – have been able to excel on the field by combining elite talent with the “intangibles” every team covets.
But perhaps no player reflects the traits Garrett seeks, perhaps no player is more of the right kind of guy, than third-year left tackle Tyron Smith.
On the field, Smith has quickly become one of the NFL’s most promising offensive tackles. He allowed only three sacks in his first season at left tackle and Dallas running backs averaged a full yard per carry more when running behind him than the other linemen. Even better, Smith will enter the 2013 season at just 22 years of age. At a time when most players are beginning their NFL careers as rookies, the USC product has already proven himself as one of the game’s up-and-coming young talents. With what he calls a “major difference” in comfort on the left side this year as compared to last, Smith is prepared for a major breakthrough in his third campaign.
But all of the on-field accomplishments, the development we’ve witnessed on Sundays, are a small part of what has those within the organization so excited about Smith’s future. It’s the off-the-field traits that attracted Garrett and the Cowboys to him in the first place – his intelligence, commitment to the team and ability to overcome adversity – that ensure Smith’s future in Dallas, as a player and a person, will be a bright one.
The whole story is right here.