Competition is everything with the Seattle Seahawks. That was proven once again when wide receiver Kevin Smith was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster after the Seahawks released Chris Matthews. To be a part of the best roster in the league takes true grit and determination, and to see Kevin Smith succeed is a great story.
The road hasn’t been easy for Smith, as he had to work his way up to make the roster with the Seahawks. After playing at the University of Washington he went undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft. He had stints with Arizona and Jacksonville before spending training camp with the Seahawks in 2014. He wasn’t able to crack the Seahawks’ roster and was cut for a third time.
Smith went back home to Los Angeles and found a job working for FedEx. Failure was never an option for Smith; instead, getting cut seemed to fuel his hunger to succeed. He never gave up on his dream of playing in the NFL, and the Seahawks rewarded that effort with a contract in February of 2015.
Kevin Smith showed up at training camp as a man on a mission to prove the doubters wrong. He stood out right away with his knack for making big plays. Smith showed he can play all wide receiver positions and was a standout on special teams. He was part of the final cuts, but was signed back on the practice squad.
Smith was rewarded for his hard work in practice, and on November 17 he was promoted to the 53-man roster. He was active in his first game against the 49ers and got his first career reception for 21 yards last Sunday vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a huge catch at a big moment in the game. He almost had another catch in the end zone on a 2-point conversion attempt.
Smith’s success story in the NFL has just begun. From being cut three times to working early mornings at FedEx and now making an impact for the Seattle Seahawks, he has shown that he is a relentless competitor. Kevin Smith has been able to overcome adversity, and he is a great example to all of us how hard work pays off and to never give up on your dreams. Watch out for Smith to keep showing up and making big time plays as the Seahawks make a playoff run.