Tyron Smith

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Tyron Smith
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Smith in the 2017 NFL season.
No. 77 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1990-12-12) December 12, 1990 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Rancho Verde
(Moreno Valley, California)
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Games played:118
Games started:118
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Tyron Jerrar 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 where he won the Morris Trophy, recognizing the best offensive and defensive linemen on the West Coast, in 2010. Smith was drafted by the Cowboys with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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]

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, he was the first offensive lineman drafted in the first round by the Cowboys since Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989, and the highest in franchise history since John Niland went fifth overall in 1966. He signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
36 38 in
(0.92 m)
11 in
(0.28 m)
4.93 s 1.69 s 2.87 s 4.68 s 7.47 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
31 reps
All values from NFL Combine, except bench press and 40 yard dash. (Pro Day)[6]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Entering the league as a 20-year-old rookie, Smith was named a starter at right tackle from the first day of Organized Team Activities, with Doug Free taking over the left tackle spot. His role became even more important after the Cowboys released veteran offensive linemen Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis, Andre Gurode, and Montrae Holland during the preseason. Smith started every game and earned praise for his play, prompting the media to speculate on a possible move to left tackle in the next season.[7]

2012 season[edit]

Starting the 2012 season, Smith switched to starting left tackle, switching sides on the offensive line with Free. On September 12, 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.[8]

2013 season[edit]

In his third year with the Cowboys, Smith committed just one holding penalty and allowed only one sack in his 16 starts. He was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl on Team Rice.[9]

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.[11] He was widely considered one of the top three offensive tackles in the league, and for his play against the Seattle Seahawks, he became the first offensive lineman in 10 years to be named offensive player of the week.[12] He started all 16 games for the NFL's second ranked rushing offense, while helping DeMarco Murray become the league's rushing leader.

2015 season[edit]

Smith started all 16 games, helped clear the way for the NFL's fourth leading rusher (Darren McFadden) and earned his third Pro Bowl selection. He was ranked 42nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[13]

2016 season[edit]

Forced to play through nagging injuries throughout the season, Smith helped lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, and aided rookie Ezekiel Elliott in becoming the league's leading rusher.[14] Smith was named the first team left tackle for the 2016 All-Pro Team, the second time he carried this honor in his career.[15] He was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl and was named First-team All-Pro, both honors being shared with fellow Cowboy offensive linemen Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.[16] He was also ranked 18th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 as the highest ranked offensive lineman.[17]

2017 season[edit]

Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line vs Redskins 2017

Smith was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl alongside guard Zack Martin and center Travis Frederick for the second straight year.[18] Smith's 2017 season was marred by multiple injuries, which included to his knee, back, groin, and hip. He was placed on injured reserve on December 29, meaning that he would not play in the season finale against the Eagles.[19][20]

2018 season[edit]

Smith started 13 games at left tackle, missing three with injury, on his way to his sixth straight Pro Bowl.

Personal life[edit]

Smith has one son, Jaxson, with model girlfriend Lexi Placourakis.[21]


  1. ^ "High School Track and Field Data". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Rivals.com offensive tackles 2008, January 16, 2008
  3. ^ "10 things to know about Tyron Smith". Dallas News. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "Draft preview: Best of offensive line prospects". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  5. ^ "Tyron Smith, 20, isn't showing his age". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ Sportsdaydfw.com. "Draft analysts on Cowboys' Tyron Smith: He's an 'immediate replacement'". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Cowboys want Tyron Smith at left tackle". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Tyron Smith fined for key horse-collar tackle". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "2014 Pro Bowl rosters". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "How Dallas built the NFL's 1,586-pound MVP". ESPN. December 20, 2016.
  11. ^ Keown, Tim (November 26, 2014). "Financial requests overwhelm Smith". ESPN Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Dallas Cowboys' Tyron Smith named NFC offensive player of week". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "'Top 100 Players of 2016': No. 42 Tyron Smith". NFL.com.
  14. ^ http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/cowboys-corner-blog/article124151824.html
  15. ^ Wire, SI. "Elliott, Ryan lead AP All-Pro Team".
  16. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017.
  17. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 18 Tyron Smith
  18. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  19. ^ "Injuries: Tyron Smith, Orlando Scandrick heading to IR". NFL. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  20. ^ Phillips, Rob (December 29, 2017). "Scandrick, T. Smith Headed To IR; OT, WR To Be Signed From Practice Squad". DallasCowboys.com.
  21. ^ "10 things to know about Cowboys OL Tyron Smith, including his insane bench press and odd eating problem". SportsDay. dallasnews.com. June 17, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.

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