Jags Legend Jimmy Smith: Kaepernick Would Divide Locker Room

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Jimmy Smith is a Jacksonville Jaguars legend.

The former star wide receiver spent three lackluster seasons with the Cowboys and Eagles before arriving in Jacksonville in 1995. He then spent 11 remarkable seasons with the Jags, racking up nine 1,000-yard seasons and 67 touchdowns.

In other words, he’s one of the greats. He had some legal troubles over the years, but Smith is still a well-respected member of the Jags family.

He ruffled a few feathers this week though. The 52-year-old believes his former team made the right call signing Tim Tebow, even though several people in the media have criticized Jacksonville — and the rest of the NFL — for not giving Colin Kaepernick the same opportunity.

Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson recently said that Tebow got a chance to continue his career because he’s white. When Smith was asked by TMZ Sports to respond to that claim, this is what he had to say:

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white,” Smith said. “What matters is that you’ve got a great example of a player in Tim Tebow. Alright? That’s the guy I want to associate with. What has Tim Tebow done to these people, besides be a competitor, be a winner?

“Tim Tebow is going to be great in whatever capacity he is utilized in Jacksonville. And I pray that he makes the 53-man roster because we need all we can get with our young quarterback. We needed competition. We needed the right attitude. We needed a guy who was walking by faith, who’s only done great things.”

That’s awfully high praise for Tebow, right? I’m sure there are a lot of people out there — media, former and current athletes, fans, etc. — who aren’t happy with Smith for saying all that. But just wait until they hear about what the Hall of Fame nominee for 2021 had to say about Kaep.

“We don’t need Colin Kaepernick on our team — you know, with our young franchise, our young players — to divide our locker room,” Smith said. “We need a guy like Tim Tebow, who’s a hometown hero and has love for the city anyways.”

Just watching Smith in the interview, you can tell he’s a “Ride or Die” for Jacksonville. He loves the franchise, and he loves the city. He believes that Tebow is a much better fit for his former team. What do you think?

You can watch the full interview below.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.


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  1. If Tebow was a fake protesting communist coward drama queen bitch like Krappernick, a steroid fueled murderer like Ray Lewis or a rapist like Rothlessberger, he would be loved in the criminal world of the NFL.

  2. Jimmy nailed it! What Jacksonville needs is someone to show the team how to work hard and do their best. Tebow was never the most talented, but he always gives 110%. The same can be said for Brady. Everyone always says what a better QB Manning was, or how much more athletic Aaron Rogers is or how much more skilled Mahomes is that Brady, yet Brady has almost twice as many rings as all or them put together, because Tom has heart and is a leader! That is what Tebow can bring to the team that Kaepernick never would, even if he could.

  3. I like Eric Dickerson. Frustrating and a bummer to hear him say something that dumb.

    It’s so obvious that the entire move is about creating interest (Tebow played high school football in Jacksonville at Allen-Nease for crying out loud!!). Get over it people. Kaepernick doesn’t want to play – it’s that simple

  4. Last time we left the Kaep Saga…NFL sets up a “pro day” so he can show his skills – IN SEASON pro day which is never done. 25 team scouts show up and Kaep the martyr blows them off and has his own little get together miles away. Is that any semblance of team spirit? Maybe show even a slight degree of humility and self-awareness, and thanks to the teams that showed?
    Nah. That’s big-time grifting…give me more…I DEMAND more.

  5. Kaepernick, exhaulted by media and the league for kneeling during the National Anthem.

    Tim Tebow, damned by media and the league for kneeling in prayer on the field prior to games and after touchdowns.

    Kaepernick, making millions damning America and working to divide the country. His work has marxist roots and a big Nike/Chinese Communist Party muslim slave payday.

    Tebow, spotless image, numerous products in the marketplace providing revenue for him to fund his ministry that supports prom like events for people who wouldn’t otherwise enjoy that evening.

    I can easily support Tebow’s efforts in life way before the former NFL QB and Nike employee.

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