On Saturday, Buccaneers center Evan Smith will become the 18th member of Idaho State's Ring of Honor. He is the first Idaho State player to be selected for the school's Ring of Honor since 2009, when current Panthers defensive end Jared Allen was honored.
Smith will be honored at halftime during Idaho State's game against Eastern Washington in Pocatallo, Idaho.
"I would like to thank Idaho State for giving me this honor," Smith said to Idaho State's website. "I am so excited and honored that I have been able to represent ISU in such a positive light during my professional career."
Smith was a three-year starter for Idaho State from 2005 to 2008. He started 44 games, which included a streak of 36 consecutive starts. Smith played guard and tackle during his college career before signing on with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He's made 17 starts for the Buccaneers since arriving in Tampa in 2014.
"We are thrilled to welcome Evan back to Pocatello," Idaho State Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey said. "Evan had a great career at Idaho State and it has been fun to follow his success in the NFL. Since graduating from Idaho State he has continued to be a great ambassador of the university and we appreciate his support he has provided in helping us enhance our student-athlete experience."
Smith is set to become just the eighth football player to enter Idaho State's Ring of Honor.