Roquan Smith: 'Bears have a rich linebacker tradition and I'm going to give them my all'

Dukes & Bell
May 01, 2018 - 6:29 pm

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Joining Dukes & Bell Tuesday to talk about joining the Chicago Bears is last week’s eighth-overall pick in the NFL Draft, Georgia's Roquan Smith.  

“A lot of people dream about things like that, and to spend it with my family, I’m blessed,” Smith talked about spending the night with family in New York City.  “I was enjoying the moment, it was an awesome experience.”  

Your thoughts on handling the criticism over your career?  

“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder," said the new Bears linebacker. "It’s about proving people wrong and proving myself right, and I look forward to competing and doing things the right way.”  

Your thoughts on Georgia’s program?

“What’s about to go on here; it’s about to be a dynasty," said Smith. "It’s going to be special. I’m glad that I went to the university and helped lay the groundwork.”  

Who influenced you the most over your career?

“My family," said the former UGA star. "Everything they’ve instilled in me, I won’t be able to repay.  All the sacrifices they made, it’s pretty special.”  

What about your on-field influences?

“It wasn’t like I needed to be pushed real hard," said Smith. "I’ve taken advice from all my coaches and it’s pretty awesome to gain the experiences of all of them.”