Tyron Smith wants to keep playing a long time and says surgery will allow for that

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Tyron Smith missed only one game in his first five seasons. The seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle has missed 26 the past five seasons.

Smith has missed games because of his back, a herniated disc and stingers. He underwent neck surgery last season, costing him 14 games.

“Honestly feeling great, finally got the neck fixed, and I think that kind of connected to everything with the back,” Smith said Thursday, via David Helman of the team website. “I’m glad I finally got it fixed after all these years.”

The Cowboys are being deliberate in Smith’s return as he works his way back.

Despite his recent injuries and his 10 seasons of experience, Smith just turned 30 in December.

“It just was about being smart about it, and if I want to keep playing longer, then I’d have to get the surgery,” Smith said. “And I do want to keep playing as long as I can. It was a good thing to get the surgery done, so I don’t have to worry about that anymore.”

The surgery has Smith believing he can play many more years, proving wrong those who question whether he’s on his last legs.

“For me – I always say this every year, but it’s true — I’m still not at the point where I want to be,” Smith said. “Every year it’s like I’m still trying to prove to everybody that I can still play and still be the best at my job. For me, it’s always that mindset. There’s always something to prove.”

7 responses to “Tyron Smith wants to keep playing a long time and says surgery will allow for that

  1. It’s understandable if he wants to keep collecting a check, but this dude’s prime was 6+ years ago. He hasn’t played a full season since 2015.

  2. If the surgery really mends the problem and Smith can stay healthy, he is still a top 3 tackle in the league, I wouldn’t bet against it not happening

  3. Your spine never fully recovers from trauma. I love Tron and wish him the best but he’s one wrong one hit or one wrong block away from retirement.

  4. cardiovascularendurance says:
    June 3, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    It’s understandable if he wants to keep collecting a check, but this dude’s prime was 6+ years ago. He hasn’t played a full season since 2015.
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    Idk why all the downvotes. Nothing about that isn’t true. Tyron was a great draft pick and was dominant early in his career, but injuries have gotten the best of him the past several years. Even if he does bounce back and play a full season at a solid level, its going to be hard for a team to trust him to hold up long enough to sign him to a long-term contract.

  5. That’s the first quote I’ve heard from him in 10 years. I’m glad he wants to keep playing and has his sights set for long term. Dude was drafted when he was 20yrs old. Thats’ a lot of mileage.

  6. Dude is a beast. Even when he’s not 100% he’s still a top 5 LT every Sunday

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