Rookie LB Smith ready to focus on football

June, 26, 2014
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Once linebacker Marcus Smith signed his rookie contract, he was able to concentrate solely on football.

Smith, the No. 26 overall pick for the Philadelphia Eagles in this year's draft from the University of Louisville, recently inked a four-year contract for about $7.8 million.

The windfall allowed Smith to take care of his mother.

“She struggled financially,” Smith told the Press of Atlantic City. “But she always gave us what we needed. Signing this contract is a really big deal to me. I can’t stress that enough. It allows me the opportunity to repay her for everything she’s done for me, and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little kid.”

Smith always wanted to play professional football, and now he’ll have that coveted opportunity for the Eagles.

He recorded 14.5 sacks as a senior at Louisville, and that type of ability to rush the quarterback is exactly what the Eagles need.

“It feels great to finally get my contract done, so I can just go out and focus on football,” Smith told the Press of Atlantic City “It’s a burden off my shoulders. I feel like I’m picking up the defense pretty well, but there are things I still have to learn. My teammates and the coaching staff have been a huge help to me. (Outside linebackers) Connor (Barwin) and Trent (Cole) have been helping me a lot. Even (inside linebacker) DeMeco Ryans has been giving me advice.”

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