Former Eagles TE L.J. Smith helping brother Nate Smith succeed at Temple

Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Temple linebacker Nate Smith is having a solid freshman campaign, and he attributes his success to older brother L.J. Smith.

Linebacker Nate D. Smith has emerged as a top player on Temple's defense, and he is getting help from a successful mentor. Nate's older brother, L.J. Smith, was a long-time tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. L.J. is staying on top of Nate and making sure he does what is necessary to get better.

Nate leads Temple with 21 tackles on the season. He's also recorded a tackle for loss and forced three fumbles. On Thursday, he spoke with reporters about his brother's impact, according to csnphilly.com:

"Basically, he gives me pointers – on the field, off the field and just how to carry myself," Nate said. "He tells me to be smart out there, make good decisions and every time I’m at practice, to go 100 percent."

L.J. called Lincoln Financial Field his home with the Eagles for six seasons from 2003 to 2008. That's the same place where Nate now plays his home games with Temple. He will make his Big East debut at the stadium on Saturday against South Florida, and older brother is thrilled:

"He’s pretty excited for me," Nate said. "He can’t wait to see me get out there in conference play in the Big East and hopefully follow in his footsteps."

Nate has some pretty big shoes to fill. L.J. has played seven total seasons in the NFL, catching 253 passes for 2,556 yards and 18 touchdowns. He last played with Baltimore in 2009 and is currently a free agent.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.