Irv Smith sees 2022 as a new beginning

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Vikings tight end Irv Smith has a new look since the last time he took the field for the Vikings.

Smith is sporting a butterfly tattoo on his neck that he got while he was working his way back from the torn meniscus in his knee that kept him from playing at all in 2021. On Wednesday, Smith explained that the ink symbolizes the fresh start he feels he’s getting with the Vikings this season.

“I got a butterfly right here on my neck. It’s like a new beginning,” Smith said, via the team’s website. “All the things I’ve done in my past, I still reflect on, but I’m excited for the future and what the future holds for myself, the team, the offense. We’re just going to take it one day at a time, but it definitely is a new beginning for me, I would say, and I’m really excited about it.”

Smith posted 30 catches for 365 yards and five touchdowns during the 2020 season and the Vikings would love it if his new beginning includes a spike in productivity while playing for new head coach Kevin O’Connell.

8 responses to “Irv Smith sees 2022 as a new beginning

  1. The Drag on Zimmer Hate Tour continues after winning the 3rd most games in Vikings history by average. I can’t help but wonder, if the O’Connel patty cake style doesn’t equal wins, what these snowflakes will say about Zimmer then.

  2. He needs a fresh start. So far his career has been a major disappointment. Really was hoping they would bring back Rudolph.

  3. This guy can never stay healthy and really is not that good even when healthy. Vikings should have cut him long ago and I”d rather have seen them re-sign Rudolf.

  4. Better explanation would have been if he said his daughter or niece wanted him to have one.

  5. Looks to me to always being “next year’s breakout star”. I am reminded of the cautionary tales of Yatil Green and Marcus Lattimore.

  6. He gets a pass last year with the injury, but it’s important he come through this year. I always worry about meniscus injuries to players in positions that rely upon speed and quickness.

  7. I have been hearing about his potential for a few years now. Last year Conklin, who got no hype ever, kicked it. If Smith isn’t on the field and making plays this year I don’t want to hear about his talent ever again. I am disappointed enough with him. Giddyup

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