Former Tennessee Vols offensive lineman Trey Smith has swiftly ascended the ranks of the NFL, transitioning from a sixth-round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2021 NFL Draft to one of the league's most esteemed offensive linemen.
Smith, who initially faced concerns about his health during the draft, defied all odds by starting in every game as a rookie for the Chiefs. His performances have consistently solidified his status as one of the premier guards in the NFL, with highlights of Smith overpowering defenders frequently going viral.
Following the Chiefs' recent matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, Trey Smith received a commendation from one of the NFL's current superstar players, Eagles center Jason Kelce.
In a heartwarming post-game exchange at midfield, the future Hall of Fame offensive lineman Kelce expressed his admiration for the former Vols standout.
This touching moment was captured in a "mic'd up" video released by the Chiefs. "I've told this to your sister, [you're] by far one of my favorite players to watch," Kelce said. "Hands down. Passion, energy, aggression. You're a f---ing hell of a player.
Stay healthy. Dominate." (Smith's sister, Ashley, manages Player Engagement at the NFL office in New York City.) It is uncommon for an offensive lineman to be hailed as one of the NFL's biggest stars, but Kelce has undoubtedly achieved such status through his significant contributions to the Eagles, hosting the "New Heights" podcast, and his brother Travis Kelce's well-known association with pop sensation Taylor Swift.
Similarly, Trey Smith is emerging as a rising star among offensive linemen, primarily due to his tenacious style of play. The fact that some of the NFL's most prominent players share this sentiment underscores Smith's remarkable journey to becoming a celebrated figure in professional football.
His dedication, energy, and unwavering commitment to the game have undeniably captured the attention and respect of his peers, establishing him as a force to be reckoned with on the field. As Trey Smith continues to make his mark in the NFL, fans and fellow players eagerly anticipate his future exploits and accomplishments on the gridiron.