Torrey Smith shares story of why Jaylen Waddle shouldn't have played in CFP title game

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Torrey Smith shares story of risk Waddle faced playing in CFP originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

One of the biggest storylines entering Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship game was whether Alabama star wideout Jaylen Waddle would play against Ohio State.

Waddle, who is projected to be a first-round pick by almost all accounts, had previously suffered an ankle injury just 11 weeks prior and clearly looked less than 100 percent during warm-ups.

The junior wide receiver ended up suiting up for the Tide, which led to many -- including former Ravens pass-catcher Torrey Smith -- becoming critical of the decision.

One day later, Smith took to Twitter to share his own personal story of why he didn't want Waddle to play in Monday's title game.

"Waddle needed someone to protect him from himself," Smith tweeted. "I played with a bad high ankle sprain my last game in high school. I shouldn’t have played but I wanted to. I got rolled up one time and didn’t get up right away. I looked up and saw my mom on the field.

"She said 'I’m tired of looking at you like this your [butt] is done! Don’t let this decision hurt your future. You are going to make it worse.' And that was the end of my career at Stafford High School," Smith continued.

Smith was by far not the only one critical of the decision for Waddle to play.

Several NFL players, including Patrick Mahomes, Darius Leonard, A.J. Brown and Jalen Ramsey, all tweeted that someone should have prevented the Alabama star from playing.

Thankfully for Waddle, the wide receiver escaped Monday's game without further injury, despite limping off the field multiple times.

"CHAMPIONS !!!!" Waddle tweeted afterward.

Alabama won handily, 52-24, powered by dominant performances from Mac Jones and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. Waddle finished with three receptions for 34 yards in the win.

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