Brother Martin alum Irv Smith Jr. has 'special' debut against father's former team

Amos Morale III
August 10, 2019 - 10:55 am
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Minnesota Vikings rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. had quite the birthday celebration. 

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The former Brother Martin standout’s parents threw him a surprise party at the Palace Cafe and he made his NFL debut against his father’s former team, the New Orleans Saints.

“It was special,” said Smith Jr., who turned 21 Friday.

The Vikings second-round draft choice played in nearly half of Minnesota’s offensive snaps and finished with a team-high three receptions for 21 yards. Smith also saw a game-high seven targets in the Vikings 34-25 preseason win against the Saints.

The former Alabama standout said his goal was just to help his team make plays.

“Whatever coach wanted me to do,” Smith Jr. said. “He did a great job of calling the plays tonight and getting everybody the ball. All of us had a lot of catches. There was a lot of production out there.”

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