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Shaun Smith grows inward, upward

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Veteran defensive tackle Shaun Smith has vowed to put less stuff in his mouth, and to have less stuff come out of it.

Smith, who has played for the Saints, Bengals, Browns, Bengals, Chiefs, and Titans (and if I recall correctly one of the various nondescript UFL teams), is preparing for his second season in Tennessee, the first time in five years that he didn’t wear out his welcome after only one season.

But he says he’s changing.  Via a lifestyle that now includes yoga, Smith has lost 22 pounds.  That puts him at a svelte 340.

Smith also claims he won’t be as boisterous.  “I wasn’t happy with my play last season.  I was doing a lot of talking, and my play wasn’t showing up like it should have been,” Smith said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.  “Also, as you mature — I have another baby on the way — I want to try and be more of a leader and let my actions speak for themselves.  A lot of these guys listen to me, even though I am a clown.”

“This is year 10 for me.  You can still be a clown; you just have to know when to talk and when not to.”

(That’s tombstone-style wisdom right there, folks.)

Smith’s maturity comes from necessity.  With tight end Daniel Graham recently dumped by the Titans, Smith realizes he’s not guaranteed that season second in Tennessee.

“Am I worried? I’d be lying if I said I’m not worried,” Smith, 30, said.  “I have another baby on the way, another mouth to feed in November. . . .  They are always bringing new guys in like Mike Martin; that is just the nature of the business.  So I will be fighting for my job here in Tennessee, but I’ll be fighting for my job with 31 other teams.

“Who knows what might happen?  I might get traded, you never know.  All I know is I like it here, and I want to show I’m a guy worth keeping around.”

Smith in the past has at times been more trouble than he’s worth.  A reputed crotch-puncher, Smith also once allegedly punched Brady Quinn in the face and verbally assaulted former Browns G.M. George Kokinis.  And Smith is the guy who once said that, indeed, Chad Ochocinco punched Marvin Lewis in the face during halftime of the January 2006 playoff game between the Bengals and the Steelers.

The fact that the guy is still in the league despite years of overeating and overtalking and overcrotch-punching suggests that he has an overabundance of football talent.  If the Titans don’t want him to use those skills this season, someone else likely will.

At least for one year.

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11 Responses to “Shaun Smith grows inward, upward”
  1. emotionalfatguy says: Jun 23, 2012 9:35 AM

    Haha I love Shaun Smith.
    Definitely the kind of guy Id love to grab a beer with.

  2. rambo08 says: Jun 23, 2012 9:37 AM

    Just as long as he’s not grabbing opposing players’ crotches.

  3. clownsfan says: Jun 23, 2012 9:54 AM

    B.I.T.C.H.

  4. hulkhogansays says: Jun 23, 2012 10:14 AM

    Hey Abdullah the Butcher plays for the Titans brother.

  5. whodeydaytonchapter says: Jun 23, 2012 10:28 AM

    Good to see Smith has managed to grow up just in time for him retirement party.

  6. teeroyb says: Jun 23, 2012 11:39 AM

    And Shaun King had continued to grow outward.

  7. buckeyebengal says: Jun 23, 2012 12:09 PM

    Saun Smith wants his teammates to know no matter what happens, he has your balls.

  8. samoanjungle says: Jun 23, 2012 1:16 PM

    I believe it was Hue Jackson that supposedly got punched by Chad.

  9. Mike Florio says: Jun 23, 2012 1:19 PM

    Smith said it was Marvin Lewis.

  10. granadafan says: Jun 23, 2012 4:04 PM

    I hope he grew up in time to save his money for the future.

  11. mwindle1973 says: Jun 24, 2012 6:12 AM

    Mike Florio says: Jun 23, 2012 1:19 PM

    Smith said it was Marvin Lewis.

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    I think what everyone is referring to is the fact that anyone else, has either denied it happened, said he punched Hue Jackson, or said he took a swing and miss at Lewis and/or Jackson. The only thing that seems to be consistent is that Ocho was throwing a tantrum about not getting the ball enough. But I’ve always looked at it this way…why would Smith say it if it wasn’t true? And why would Lewis let him back on the team a second time a few years later if it was a lie. But of course the team was desperate from injury and it was a mid-season signing. And Smith is a crotch-puncher. Lewis has always flat out denied it and would never admit to anything more than Ocho “wasn’t happy about some things” with that never-budging smirk on his face, when questioned about it. But he has motives to deny. What do you think happened?

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