Former Alabama TE Irv Smith catches first NFL touchdown
Irv Smith Jr. won’t forget this catch anytime soon.
The former Alabama tight end hauled in his first NFL touchdown on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings in a game against the Denver Broncos. The 10-yard pass came with 11:29 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 20-7.
The NFL runs in his family. His father, Irv, was a first-round pick by New Orleans Saints as a tight end, and his uncle, Ed, also played tight end in the NFL.
Smith Jr., a New Orleans native, has started six of 10 games he’s played in this season entering Sunday. And he had 24 catches for 241 yards with a long of 29 yards. By the end of the third quarter against the Broncos, he got all three of the passes where he was targeted for 20 yards.
Last year, Smith earned the Alabama single-season touchdown receptions mark by a tight end with seven. He was also selected to the All-SEC second team by the conference coaches and finished fourth on the Crimson Tide with 44 receptions totaling 710 yards and his seven scores.
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