New Falcons running back Ito Smith named after Judge Ito is gonna have some people feeling real old today pic.twitter.com/xawPuDPYhS
— Dan (@AtIantaDan) April 28, 2018
I always love day 3 of the draft because it’s always when we get the good stories. We already know everything about the guys going in the early rounds. It’s been beaten into our brains via mock drafts for the last 3 months. There isn’t much more we can learn outside of where they end up. But once we get to the later rounds, it’s when we start seeing things like wild animals announcing picks and heartwarming stories like Shaquem Griffin going to play with his brother in Seattle.
One of this afternoon’s better stories comes from Atlanta draftee Ito Smith, a running back out of Southern Miss. For those of you who got deep into the OJ trial back in the mid-90’s, you might recognize the name Ito. He was the judge presiding over the case. When Ito Smith was a baby, he looked EXACTLY like the judge and the name stuck for the next 23 years.
Anyone feeling old yet?
Falcons took Ito Smith. Ito's not his real name. It's his nickname, because when he was a baby his family thought he looked like Judge Lance Ito. In related news, the dudes getting drafted were babies during the OJ trial.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) April 28, 2018
David Akers reminded Cowboys fans yesterday that most of these draft picks weren’t even born the last time they appeared in the Super Bowl. Now we have a guy drafted named after the OJ judge. This draft is going to end up sending a lot of people into a mid-life crisis.
His real name? Romarius.
Ito Smith's real name is Romarius Smith. He was born during OJ Simpson trial in 1995. Family member thought he looked like judge Lance Ito (seriously), so there you have it.
— Gabe Burns (@GabeBurnsAJC) April 28, 2018