Falcons RB Antone Smith: Jadeveon Clowney is 'just a guy'

Antone Smith thinks Jadeveon Clowney is 'just a guy.'
Antone Smith thinks Jadeveon Clowney is 'just a guy.'  (USATSI)

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You might've seen this quotable nugget in this week's "Sorting the Sunday Pile" but in case you missed it: Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney blew someone up in the backfield again. That someone was Antone Smith, a running back for the Falcons. It looked something like BAM:

Smith, as you might guess, wasn't thrilled about the whole "being embarrassed on a national stage" thing. So he did what anyone backed into a corner with questions about getting tattooed and watching it over and over would do: he called Clowney "just a guy."

“Just a guy,” Smith said on Houston's Sports Radio 610. "I don’t see anything special. He’s just a guy. He’s a guy who plays defensive end. He plays pretty good. Made a good play."

In fairness to Smith, this wasn't his fault at all. He just took a handoff and got trucked. There's nothing he could've done about Clowney storming in the backfield.

The problem was with the Falcons offensive line. They tried to pull a guard on the play, leaving a big wall of nothing in between Clowney -- who has one of the fastest first steps in football -- and the backfield.

At least Smith was willing to admit he got walloped though.

“I didn’t see anything,” Smith said. “The only thing I seen was me hitting the ground.”

At least he'll get roughly 10 billion chances to relive the moment.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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