Arizona Cardinals: Alfonso Smith Running With Reason

If speed kills, Alfonso Smith is a wanted man. The Arizona Cardinals’ running back who was known for his 4.29 speed was undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft but shortly after the draft signed with Arizona and has been their guy since. With only 30 career carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, Smith’s dedication and willingness to be a team leader has made him a beloved figure on the roster with both coaches and fans.

While the Cardinals did sign running back Rashard Mendenhall this off-season, the starting role has not been awarded to anyone. Tons of new faces including two rookie running backs, and the return of oft-injured Ryan Williams, Smith has a serious chance not to just be a number two back, but he could be an x-factor back for new head coach Bruce Arians.

Getting endorsed by teammate Larry Fitzgerald for his hard work ethic and being a man who has strong faith, Smith’s time to shine is now. Although he doesn’t have typical running back size, he doesn’t have typical running back speed, his is hard to find. There are many openings for players to step up and make a name for themselves during the Cardinals’ 2013 season.

If there’s any indication as to who has a veteran chance, it’s Alfonso Smith. An opportunity is there, and Smith is running with reason, to fly high as Cardinals do, and lead his team both on and off the field, as great leaders do.

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