RB Rod Smith Signs with Giants; Brother Jaylon Sends Farewell Message

Brothers Jaylon and Rod Smith have enjoyed being Dallas teammates since Jaylon entered the NFL in 2016. But now Rod has joined the as a , and his younger brother sent out a touching farewell message today on .

The news broke yesterday that Rod, who has been with the Cowboys since 2015 as a backup , signed with the Giants. His previous contract had expired following the .

New York has a full RB already with , Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, and others under contract. Perhaps they are considering Rod as a , which he dabbled with briefly during his time in Dallas.

Rod’s brother Jaylon, now a star for the Cowboys, is certainly rooting for him with his new team. In fact, it sounds like little brother would love a chance to plant Rod into the turf.


Rod is about 3.5 years older than Jaylon, so the two hadn’t had much opportunity to be teammates prior to the NFL. The Smiths have been part of two playoff teams and three winning seasons with the Cowboys during their time together.

Now they remain in the same division, and if Rod makes the Giants’ then perhaps they will finally get a chance to play against one another. Rod had already graduated from Ohio State when the Buckeyes faced Jaylon’s Fighting Irish in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. That was the game where Jaylon suffered his career-threatening knee .

No doubt, having his older brother so close in 2016 helped Jaylon during his rehabilitation. And if we’ve been thrilled to see his progress and development into a star these last few years, we can only imagine how Rod felt.

Even though he’s now a division rival, Rod Smith gets the same fond farewell from us here at the for his contributions to the Cowboys since 2015.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

Sean's Scout: Secondary Play, Improved OL Play Stand Out in Cowboys Win Vs. Giants

Should the Dallas Cowboys Add Another Safety Before Training Camp?

3 Reasons Why LB Leighton Vander Esch Will be Even Better in 2019

3 Reasons Why LB Leighton Vander Esch Will be Even Better in 2019