Roquan Smith is unarguably one of the best young chaps to watch out for in the next couple of years in the NFL. The Chicago Bears Linebacker started his career right from high school before making it to the National Football League in 2018; he currently wears the No. 58 shirt of the Chicago Bears. He is dark in complexion and has an amazing body structure.
The football player made an amazing record in his regular season as Junior Linebacker, racking up a record of 113 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, 2 recovered fumbles, 1 forced fumble and 10.5 for loss. He won the postseason awards and the coveted Heisman Trophy among other awards and recognitions in his college, for his contributions in the game. Here, you will get to know who Roquan Smith is and how far he has gone with his career in the NFL after being drafted as a linebacker in the 2018 NFL Draft round 1 as well as his height and body weight.
Who Is Roquan Smith?
Roquan Daevon Smith was born on April 8, 1997, in Montezuma, Macon County, United States of America. Roquan Smith was born to American Parents; Roderick Smith and Shaquana Thomas, Smith had a very wonderful upbringing along with his three other siblings, Rod Smith, Tyanna and Omar Richards. His father worked as a contractor in Malcon and his mother was a staff at Fort Valley State University.
Roquan Smith and his siblings grew up under the care and guidance of his relatives, grandparents and coach Harold. The nature of his parent’s career did not give them ample time to stay with the children, thus, the attention they needed came from their relatives.
The linebacker schooled at Macon High School, Montezuma, Georgia. There, Smith joined the school football team and recorded impressive performances. For his college career, he initially signed to play for the University of California, Los Angeles but would later change his mind and move to the University of Georgia.
Smith made the decision to abandon his commitment to the University of California, Los Angeles to join the University of California following the opportunity he saw in the latter when Jeff Ulbrich, the coach who played a pivotal role in recruiting him, left the University Of Georgia to work for Atlanta Falcons. Smith didn’t see a good sign in Jeff’s exit and declined his earlier commitment to UCLA.
Smith worked for Roy Yoder, whom he described as a community man, in a well-drilling and water pumping establishment, just to raise some money before going to college. Smith would later confess that he learned a whole lot of things about life from Yoder.
Career As NFL Linebacker
Smith, while at Macon County High School, joined the school football team and did excellently well. His performances projected him to many colleges that would later seek for his services; he pitched his tent with Georgia’s Bulldogs in 2015, starting the season in a grand style. As a freshman, he featured in 12 games and made 20 tackles. The following season as a sophomore, Smith featured in 13 games, started 10 and recorded 95 tackles. In 2017, his stats increased magnificently, as an outstanding linebacker, he was instrumental in the Bulldog’s triumph in the SEC Championship game in 12 years. The Associated Press (AP) named Smith the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Defensive Player of the Year. Same 2017, Smith emerged the winner of Butkus Award. Smith could not finish his final year as he decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
He was eventually picked in the first round by the Chicago Bears with the eight overall pick in the April 2018 NFL Draft. Following hitches that delayed his contract with the Bears after the draft, Smith signed a $18.47 million four-year contract with the franchise on August 14, 2018. He has a signing bonus of $11.51 million. The Bears believe they’ve gotten a reliable tackler, a defensive leader, a coverage and rush passer; all in one.
Height And Weight
Smith has an interesting body size that has allowed him much speed in the game, though his height is really not the best for a linebacker, many think that he is undersized for the Job. Nevertheless, Smith still has a way of proving his critics wrong when he is playing. He stands at 6 ft 1 (1.85m) and weighs 236 lbs (107 kg)
Facts About Smith
1. Smith’s mother, Shaquana Thomas is still a Macon County fan even after the son had been drafted by the Chicago Bears. According to her, she would still be showing support to the Macon and same time, Chicago Bears where her son recently pitched his tent.
2. Smith was once involved in a robbery incidence in which his valuables were taken from him, but they were later found and returned to him the following day.
3. Roquan Smith‘s contract signing with the County High School was televised nationally.
4. He won the MVP of the SEC Championship game following his outstanding performance in a 28-7 victory match over Auburn.
5. Smith is a social media influencer; he is very active on Twitter and has well over 55,000 followers.