Tyron Smith

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Tyron Smith
Tyron Smith.jpg
Smith (right) and Kris O'Dowd during USC Pro Day 2011
No. 77 Dallas Cowboys
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-12-12) December 12, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school: Moreno Valley (CA) Rancho Verde
College: USC
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Games played: 63
Games started: 63
Fumbles recovered: 0
Stats at NFL.com

Tyron Smith (born December 12, 1990) is an American football offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC, and was drafted by the Cowboys ninth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Tyron Smith is regarded as one of the best left tackles in the NFL.

High school career[edit]

Smith attended Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California, where he played on the offensive and defensive line. He earned All-American honors by Parade, SuperPrep, PrepStar, Scout.com, and EA Sports, while also receiving numerous other All-Region honors. As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Central Division first team and Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Riverside County second team. Smith played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Also a standout in track & field at Rancho Verde, Smith notched top-throws of 14.23 meters (46 feet, 7 inches) in the shot put and 46.62 meters (152 feet, 10 inches) in the discus.[1]

Considered a five-star recruit and described as "an amazing right tackle prospect" by Rivals.com, Smith was ranked as the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect.[2] Scout.com, who also viewed Smith as a five-star recruit, listed him as the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.[3]

College career[edit]

In his initial year at USC, Smith served as the back-up left offensive tackle behind Charles Brown, and appeared on special teams. He appeared in 10 games of the 2008 season. In his sophomore year, he became a starter at right tackle, appearing in every game of the season except for the 2009 Emerald Bowl due to academic ineligibility. He made 2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention and CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American honorable mention.

In 2010, Smith competed with sophomore Matt Kalil for Brown's succession at left tackle, eventually losing out. He remained starting right tackle, and was first team All Pac-10. He also won the Morris Trophy award as the conference's top offensive lineman.

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Smith was considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft, along with Gabe Carimi, Anthony Castonzo, and Nate Solder.[4] Selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 9th overall pick,[5] Smith was the first offensive lineman off the board, and the lowest for the first offensive lineman since Jammal Brown in 2005. He was the first offensive lineman drafted in the first round by the Cowboys since Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989,[6] and the highest in franchise history since John Niland in 1966. He signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 307 lb 36⅜ in 11 in 4.93 s 1.69 s 2.87 s 4.68 s 7.47 s 29 in 9 ft 1 in 31 reps
All values from NFL Combine, except bench press and 40 yard dash. (Pro Day)[7]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Smith started his rookie season as the starting right tackle for the Cowboys with Doug Free taking over the left tackle spot. Smith started every game at right tackle for the Cowboys in his rookie season, earning praise for his play and prompting the media to speculate on his possible move to left tackle in the near future.

2012 season[edit]

Starting the 2012 season, Tyron has switched to starting left tackle, switching sides on the offensive line with Doug Free. On September 12, 2012, Smith was fined $15,000 for a horse-collar tackle he did during the season opener against the New York Giants. However, little celebrated was the fact that the tackle was touchdown saving coming after an interception, which led to a goal line stand by the Dallas defense.

2013 season[edit]

In his third year with the Cowboys, Smith established himself as one of the top offensive tackles in the league, committing just one holding penalty and allowing only one sack in his 16 starts. He was named to the 2013 Pro Bowl on Team Rice.

2014 season[edit]

Smith signed an 8-year, $109 million contract extension with the Cowboys in July, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league at the time.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Smith grew up in Moreno Valley, California with his mother, stepfather and five siblings. His father died when he was one year old.[8] He and his siblings worked for the family cleaning business from a young age.[8] A 2014 article in ESPN The Magazine detailed Smith's separation from his family over allegedly increasing financial demands during his professional career.[8]

Smith lives with a girlfriend of several years, Leigh Costa, as well as their five dogs, all adopted from rescue shelters.[8]

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