Sean Smith changed his number from 27 to 21 this off season to show respect to Hall of Fame corner back, Deion Sanders. Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star spoke with Smith back in May during voluntary workouts about his number change.
“At corner,” Smith said with a chuckle, “you only want (to wear) 24 or 21″
“It was funny because when me and Dunta (came as free agents), Javier Arenas had it,” Smith said. “So they asked me which number I wanted first and I was like, ‘Alright, I guess I’ll just take No. 34.’ Then the next day Javier got traded and they were like, ‘Dunta’s the vet and you already have a number.’”
So, like I mentioned before, Smith finally gets to wear the number 21 to pay homage to the GOAT of defensive backs. The only issue with Smith lately has been his demotion to the second team defense, due to his DUI arrest back in May.
He’s been running with the two’s ever since and hasn’t found a way to get back to the ones, unless by injury.
In last night’s preseason game against the Bengals, Smith’s replacement, Ron Parker, had a horrible night – surrendering the starting defense’s only touchdown while also getting torched for a 53 yard gain. He also accounted for two penalties.
Smith is clearly the better option at that corner, opposite Marcus Cooper, and he showed why. On his first play of the game, Jason Campbell threw a pass to his left on a hook route and Smith jumped it perfectly. Lets just say he went “PRIIIIIME TIIIIIIME”. Video compliments of gifdsports.com.
Great stuff from Smith last night and I fully expect him to take back over that starting corner back spot this week. The NFL won’t be handing down a discipline for his DUI arrest because under the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) first time offenders aren’t subject to punishment. It only comes from the organization itself so there is still a possibility that the Chiefs could suspend him.
In the mean time, there is no doubt that he is the better option over Ron Parker for the starting corner position and needs to be moved back to his starting role.