Texans rookie WR Vyncint Smith embracing opportunity More Caption Close The Texans were involved in a highly competitive situation following the NFL draft when they convinced former Limestone wide receiver Vyncint Smith to join them as an undrafted free agent. At 6-3, 195 pounds with 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash, Smith was a priority free agent for several NFL franchises coming from a Division II college.

He’s an entrepreneur. He’s a tailor. He’s been sewing for 45 years. And my mom has been braiding hair for so long. So, I just watched them being their own bosses and showing hard work and having different (jobs) come and go and just constantly keep working day in and day out. There was a time I wanted to help my dad sew, and he said, ‘No, I don’t ever want you to sew. Focus on school.’ And two days ago, he told me, ‘I told you so. I told you not to do sewing.’

His father’s instincts have been confirmed. Turay was capable of big things, and not merely on the football field. He will miss the final day of rookie camp Sunday when he returns home to New Jersey to participate in Rutgers’ graduation ceremony. He earned his degree in December and this was a ceremony he vowed not to miss.

A week earlier, Roethlisberger said on his radio show that he was surprised the Steelers selected Rudolph, the former Oklahoma State quarterback, in the third round instead of a player who can help now at a different position.

Questions swirled about how Roethlisberger and Rudolph would interact based on the comments. Asked on his show whether he would mentor Rudolph, Roethlisberger said he might have to point him to the playbook when asked a question since the rookie feels he doesn’t need him. That was a response to Rudolph’s comments on draft night that it’s not Roethlisberger’s job to teach him anything, but his job to learn.

Rudolph came to the defense of Roethlisberger on Friday.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, by rights, should have been the standard-bearer, but he was not. The trinity of O.J., Michael and Tiger, and the wealth they tapped, had created a new template for a new generation, which had no personal memory of when athletes took principled stands on issues. sabres_076