This is Bryan Smith (#53) coming out for the first day of the 20010 season, mini camp.
Bryan was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was waived just before the start of the 2009 season and claimed by St. Louis for the practice squad.
Gene Smith claimed him on September 28, 2009. He received a 4 year contract with a signing bonus of $450,000 and was to receive league minimum $285,000 in 2009 and $370,000 in 2010. Bryan is really happy today. He started 2 games for the Jaguars in 2009 and feels ready to go.
Bryan Smith tore his ACL in mini camp. He was waived a week later, waived injured. He has a long road back to football.
Bryan Smith needed all the breaks to make it in the NFL. This is not what he hoped for. The chances are very remote we will ever see him again.
Bryan Smith has probably made most of the money he will ever make in his life. The NFL is a tough and cruel business. Some make it, most are trying to, many don’t. In the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement, I root for the players to have a good salary, a good pension, and good health care for life. I just think they earn it.
- Terry O’Brien