"When others are not leading, you might want to step in and influence that leadership or take on that leadership role if you can." "It's the same [for the Cowboys]," Smith said. "There have been some bright spots and some not so bright spots.
Ex-NFL player James Hardy III -- a 2nd round pick in 2008 -- was found dead in an Indiana river, officials confirm. The 6'6" wide receiver was drafted by the Buffalo Bills after a sensational junior year at Indiana University -- in which he was selected first team All-Big Ten.
So there are a lot of things that people are unaware of, including players. League Politics Smith is of the mindset that NFL players have the same rights as every other American in voicing their opinions about social issues.
I think once you get to that level, and are made aware of certain things, you think about it differently. But he also said the league dynamics were not as divisive during his decorated 15-year playing career.
I don't want my son to be a player to just stick his head and to think that these things are not possible." Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell opened up about the league's recent rash of suspensions last week. "It wasn't really like this," Smith said of the relationship between owners, fans and players.
"We're always the last line of defense on bang-bang plays," Mitchell told reporters. "There are a lot of things here at play: social issues, game issues, owner issues, league issues. The NFL's all-time leading rusher is also a member of the Cowboys' Ring of Honor.
"A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag. "So just because I'm an athlete doesn't mean I need to shut my mouth.
In fact, when you are in this position..means that you need to be kind of a leader when necessary. You have the right to speak your mind and exercise your given freedom. It doesn't matter if you are a Dallas Cowboy or a Philadelphia Eagle, a New York Giant... You have those same rights." Smith said the Cowboys season has been "up and down" headed into a Week 15 date with the Oakland Raiders.
Smith spoke to UPI on Tuesday about the second-year Dallas Cowboys running back, player safety and the dynamics of the politically embroiled NFL.
"I wouldn't say [we have] a great relationship," Smith said of his connection with Elliott. I think Zeke is a great addition to the Dallas Cowboys and will make a big difference when he gets back." NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott for six games on Aug. The high-profile ban came after a 13-month investigation, with the league eventually finding he violated the NFL's personal conduct policy.
"You never get to see us line somebody up in a hole like a linebacker. There are so many dynamics in play right now and everything is at center stage and everything is polarizing to the highest of the highs." "So as a player, whatever you believe in, whatever you are standing for, as long as you are standing together as a unit or as an organization, most of the time you are standing for the right thing. He said Cowboys players have the same rights as other United States citizens in speaking their minds.
If it is for the betterment of the game, betterment of the country, betterment of the organization, then I think you are doing the right thing. Sometimes we achieve it, sometimes we don't, but the effort is there to do what is right." While NFL teams around the league have taken different stances regarding player protests during the national anthem, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made his message clear. We will not..we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. President Donald Trump complimented Jones after hearing the comments. "When you are a free American and you pay taxes in this country, you have every right to voice your opinion just like any other person around the country," Smith said.
"I understand the NFL taking the initiative to protect players," Smith said. I feel like I've got to ask a guy, 'Hey, are you ready for me to hit you right now before I hit you? I'm going to mess around and get hurt trying to protect an offensive player because he's running an over route. "Former players have died and are dying horrible deaths because of head trauma.