Roquan Daevon Smith, a linebacker with the National Football League's Chicago Bears, was born on April 8, 1997.
(NFL). At Georgia, he played collegiate football. First Georgia Bulldog to receive the Butkus Award was Smith.
Smith played football for the Bulldogs at Macon County High School in Montezuma, Georgia.
He originally agreed to play collegiate football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but later switched to the University of Georgia.
Smith participated in collegiate football at the University of Georgia while being coached by Mark Richt and Kirby Smart.
Smith participated in 12 games as a true freshman at Georgia in 2015, making 20 tackles. As a sophomore in 2016, he started 10 of 13 games, with 95 tackles.
Smith became the first Georgia Bulldog to earn the Butkus Award in 2017. He was also selected the Associated Press's SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the MVP of the SEC Championship Game.
Smith made the decision to join the 2018 NFL Draft rather than use his last year of eligibility. Biography2me.org
Contract disputes between the Bears and Smith's representation CAA Football over language in his rookie contract regarding whether his guaranteed money would be reclaimed by the team
The Bears preferred for decisions to be made by the league, while CAA fought for phrasing that would safeguard Smith's guaranteed wages.