It won’t show up in a boxscore, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ryan Smith just made one of the biggest plays of his young career. The rookie from North Carolina Central made a diving leap to keep a punt from going into the endzone.
When taken in freeze-frame, Smith’s save looks a lot like the infamous Smooth Criminal pose by Michael Jackson.
NCCU alum Ryan Smith @OhLawwwdy still making plays on special teams, now in NFL with Bucs. pic.twitter.com/zdyrzU4We9
— NCCU Athletics (@NCCUAthletics) December 12, 2016
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Smith, a fourth round pick in last spring’s draft, hasn’t played much on defense this year. But it’s likely his time will come sooner rather than later. And as long as he keeps making plays like this, he’ll have a roster spot somewhere.