DeVonta Smith’s touching tribute to John Metchie ahead of primetime matchup

Some things are bigger than football.

This is the case for former Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Metchie III as he battles acute promyelocytic leukemia. Metchie was selected in the second round (No. 44 overall) in the 2022 NFL draft by the Houston Texans before he ultimately announced in July that he would miss the entire rookie season due to his diagnosis.

DeVonta Smith and the Philadelphia Eagles took on Metchie’s Texans Thursday night, and Smith paid a touching tribute beforehand. During warm-ups, Smith was rocking a Metchie t-shirt where he is doing his signature crane pose. The two were also later seen talking and hugging.

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