1. He is the Jaguars' all-time leading tackler.
Smith was selected by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech and would play his first nine seasons in Jacksonville. During that time, he recorded 678 tackles, which are the most in Jaguars history. Of his 678 tackles in Jacksonville, 537 were solo.
2. One of his former teammates is a Bucs coach.
From 2004 to 2008, Smith and Buccaneers Assistant Defensive Line Coach Paul Spicer were teammates in Jacksonville. Both players were among the most productive sack artists in team history, with Spicer being No. 5 on the Jags' all-time list and Smith coming in at No. 9.
Pictures of newly signed linebacker Daryl Smith.
- He is consistent.**
Smith isn't a player with a history of missing games. He missed the majority of the 2012 season with injuries, appearing in just two games. But six of the last seven years, Smith has suited up for, and started, all 16 of his team's games.
4. He has been a starter for nearly two decades.
When he arrived in Jacksonville in 2004, Smith stepped in as a starter almost immediately, starting 13 of the 15 games he dressed for. Since his rookie season, he has been with the first-team for every game he's been a part of. That streak extends even longer when considering Smith's college career, when he was named a starter just three games into his freshman year.
5. He is a former two-sport athlete.
At Dougherty County High School in Georgia, Smith lettered in two sports – football and baseball. He was rated as the No. 6 linebacker in the country according to Tom Lemming, who has reported on prep recruiting for nearly 40 years and currently works for CBS Sports. Smith was a part of Dougherty County's 1998 state championship team, which was their only title in school history.