As part of the event, some of the Vikings Kids Club Members had the opportunity to personally ask their pre-submitted questions. Below are the questions and Smith’s responses.
What sports did you play growing up? | Charley R.
“I played pretty much everything I could. – football, basketball, track, golf … karate … I played hockey for, like, a second. … I tried it – it was probably the hardest sport I ever played.
“I learned guitar when I was little. That’s not a sport, but I kind of compare it. I tried to do pretty much everything I could.”
What is your favorite vacation spot? | Holthaus Family
“I don’t think I’ve found it yet. There are some places I’ve wanted to go, but since COVID came around it’s been hard to get to them. But to keep it simple, I’d say my favorite vacation spot is, my whole family always goes once a year to South Carolina. Anywhere between Charleston and Hilton Head, any of those little towns on the coast there. It’s just a great spot to go and hang out with your family.”
Do you have any advice for a kid who wants to play in the NFL? | Jacob H.
“That’s a good question. I could probably give some advice for a while on that, but to keep it basic, I would say to play all the sports you want to play. You don’t have to just play football. Play all the sports you want to play – and not even [just] sports – activities, anything in school, any types of clubs you want to get into. Just kind of grow yourself that way. It will make you a better and more-rounded individual and football player. And then you’ve also got to work hard. Not just in football, but you have to be good in class because you’ll have to go to college, as well, if you want to get to the NFL. It all kind of works together. Being a good person, treating people with respect. But you’ve definitely got to work hard and do well in school.”
How many interceptions have you made? | Allen Family
“I’ve made 28. I need to get a little bit more.”
Do you have a goal in mind?
“Yeah, I have a loose goal, but I don’t talk about it too much. It helps if you have great players around you, too, so every interception I’ve made, it isn’t just me. It’s the whole team working together, and I just happened to make that play. I always have more success when I think about things that way. If I can make a good play and help somebody else, and they make a good play and it helps me, it’s just better for the team.”
What’s your favorite color? | Braiden G.
“Man. My wardrobe, it’s pretty much just [neutral] shades – there’s no colors. But if I’ve gotta pick a color, I’d say maybe green. Something like that. I don’t know. There’s shades I like, of all kinds.
“Not a Packers shade … more of a blue-green, you know? Kind of an aqua color.”
What is your biggest achievement professionally? | Beckett E.
“Strictly football? I haven’t reached the achievement I want to be my greatest, winning a Super Bowl, so that’s what I’m chasing. But I guess as an individual, being an All-Pro is a good thing. But it’s such a team game. You’re always chasing the Super Bowl, so that’s what I’m chasing. That’s what I’m going for.”