Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith has turned into quite a gem for the team. Since being the Vikings #29 overall draft pick in 2012, he has developed into one of the top safeties in the league. His appeal with the fan base is also widespread because of his physical play and off the field community involvement.
Tough play and big hits are great, but they don’t come without a cost. Harrison Smith had to have minor offseason surgery on his hand as was described in a recent article by Matt Vensel at the StarTribune.
"“Just a little fix-up from the season,” Smith said. “It was minor surgery. Nothing major, so this will be off in a couple of days. They tell us to relax and let our bodies and minds heal. But it’s kind of hard to stay away from the gym, so I try to at least get on a bicycle or run or do something to stay in decent shape.”"
Oct 26, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) walks on the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
While getting back to full health should be Harrison Smith’s top priority, you can’t blame him for wanting to stay in shape, continue to be active, or participate in community events. That’s one of the things that separate Harrison Smith from the less focused and determined players in the league.
Harrison Smith is entering a contract year for Minnesota. After the 2015 season, Smith is currently scheduled to become a free agent. However, the Vikings could attempt to lock him up to a deal this offseason or possibly even wait until the end of the year to discuss a new deal.
But the thought of leaving Minnesota isn’t something that Harrison Smith hasn’t spoke about.
"“I have no intentions of going anywhere else. I’ll just let [my agency] handle it. I’m just here to play football and we’ll see what happens.”"
Hopefully, things can work out between Smith and the Vikings on a deal that can keep him in Minnesota for a very long time. He’s a valuable part of the team’s defense and can hopefully be a cornerstone for their secondary for many years to come.
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