Blogs > The Back Page

The musings of a Detroit-area sportswriter in the digital age.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Former Michigan RB Vincent Smith selling off shares of Jadeveon Clowney hit

Months before Brandon Knight was getting posterized and unfairly criticized, it was Michigan running back Vincent Smith who made headlines simply for being on the wrong end of a spectacular play.
Smith infamously had his helmet popped off when he was hit by the unblocked freight train manned by South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. Like Knight's forgettable moment, and pretty much every outstanding play these days, the Clowney hit quickly made the social media rounds.
Nearly three months later, the Clowney hit recently became a 38-time "Best of the Best" champion on ESPN. The clip has another three million views on ESPN's YouTube channel. And recently, it was learned the still image of the hit will grace the cover of SC's spring football media guide (above). 
At least Smith has a sense of humor about it, similar to the route chosen by Knight — Smith reportedly signed copies of the photo at a recent autograph session — for a reported $60! If that isn't owning up to a situation ...
As quickly as Internet memes and heavily-circulated GIF images and videos took off, so to it seems has the ability for redemption if handled properly.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home