Za'Darius Smith offers incredible gesture to stranger: 'She started crying so I started crying'
Za’Darius Smith did not waste any time when he saw a woman in need of a $2,000 water pump at a car dealership.
Smith, a former Kentucky standout now playing for the Green Bay Packers, only briefly considered it on an Instagram story before he went ahead and picked up the bill and pulled off the incredible gesture.
Smith and the woman then shared a moment: “Blessings! I took care of it! She started crying so I started crying.”
#Packers @Zadariussmith was in line at a car dealership when he noticed a lady needed a new water pump that was going to cost $2,000.
He took care of it and bought it for her. They both started crying. (Via Za’Darius Smith/IG) pic.twitter.com/lLsRKlM0rq
— Kyle Malzhan (@KyleMalzhan) November 16, 2021
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that Smith, an outside linebacker is making progress and the team is hopeful he’ll return at some point — though it won’t be anytime soon, Madison.com reported.
Smith, who led the Packers in sacks over the past two seasons (26) and earned second-team All-Pro honors last year, has been sidelined since playing 18 snaps in the season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints in Jacksonville. He arrived at training camp with a back injury that landed him on the non-football injury list, practiced briefly in camp and then was sidelined again. After playing against the Saints, he went on injured reserve and underwent surgery that, at the time, was thought to be potentially season-ending.
Smith returned to Green Bay two weeks ago and has been spotted at practices lately.