Tyron Smith has developed into one of the cornerstones of the Cowboys offensive line. Here are 10 things you might not know about him.
1. Five-star recruit
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. The five guys ahead of him? Mike Adams, Baker Steinkuhler, Matt Kalil, Michael Brewster and Matt Patchan.
Scout.com listed him as the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation. In 2010, Smith won the Morris Trophy award as the Pac-10 (now called the Pac-12) conference’s top offensive lineman.
Side note: Can you imagine going up against him in high school?
2. Making Cowboys draft history
The Cowboys drafted Smith ninth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. 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 in 1966.
Selecting Smith might’ve started a trend with Jones. In the drafts after Smith’s, the Cowboys have taken Travis Frederick (center) and Zack Martin (guard) in the first round.
3. He has a son
Smith has a son named Jaxson with model and girlfriend Lexi Placourakis.
4. Packing the weight on
Smith works hard to keep himself at 320 pounds. According to Cowboys center Travis Frederick, Smith always is complaining that he’s full but he has to eat more.
“It really pains me to watch it,” Frederick said in a radio interview. “I think it’s a little unfair.”
5. Three-time Pro Bowler
In 2013, Smith established himself as one of the top offensive tackles in the league, committing just one holding penalty and allowing only one sack in his 16 starts. He was named to the 2013 Pro Bowl. The most penalties he’s had in a season? Ten. And that’s the only time he’s reached double digits. In 92 career games, he has only 15 holding penalties.
He’s also made the Pro Bowl in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
6. 600-pound bench press
According to Cowboys center Travis Frederick, Smith bench presses between 600 and 700 pounds.
“He does crazy things in the weight room that I wish that I could do and I never will be able to do unfortunately,” Frederick said in a radio interview. “It wouldn’t be unusual to see a small car.”
According to ESPN, Smith and his girlfriend have five rescue dogs, including a 110-pound French mastiff named ‘Beast.’ See a picture of the dog here.
8. The family business
Smith grew up working in the family business: Pinkney’s Cleaning Service. He, along with his five siblings, would clean buildings beginning at 4 or 5 a.m., finish and go to school around 8 a.m., according to ESPN.
9. New wealth, family trouble
Sudden wealth had its drawbacks for Smith. He signed a $12.5 million contract with the Cowboys in 2011 and agreed to pay his parents a substantial amount of money in four installments. However, Smith’s stepfather, Roy Pinkney, his mother, Frankie Pinkney, and some of his siblings kept coming back for more.
In October of 2012, John Schorsch — Smith’s Dallas-based attorney at the time — said Smith’s “mom and/or the stepdad threatened the physical well-being of Tyron and the life of his girlfriend.”
On the final weekend of October 2012, Smith was at the Cowboys’ team hotel when two of his sisters showed up unannounced at his home looking for money, leading his girlfriend to call 911. Smith filed a protective order against his parents, which prohibited them from attending Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif. Once during training camp, one of Smith’s brothers whom he said he hadn’t talked to “in a long time” showed up and had to be removed from the facility.
10. Open to forgiving
In 2013, Smith said he was open to reconciling with his family.
“If all the incidents stop,” Smith said, “and they just give me the space that I’ve asked for. The takeaway from this is don’t let people take advantage of you. And it’s all right to say no to certain people.”