Devonta Smith and his longtime girlfriend are expecting their first child during the next NFL season. Staying up all night caring for a baby can be a challenge, but for the player with the nickname “Slim Reaper” it’s not a concern.
In an interview on The Pivot Podcast, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver explained why he’s not so worried about his soon-to-be baby staying up all night.
“The only good thing is that you don’t need a lot of sleep,” says Smith. “I sleep four hours.
Four hours of sleep each night is a surprisingly low number, especially for high-level athletes. As Smith noted, most doctors recommend getting close to eight hours of sleep each night for the average adult.
In fact, some of the world’s best athletes sleep longer than that. Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander targets 10 hours of sleep each night. In 2012, LeBron James said he slept up to 12 hours each night. He’s been a little lax about how much sleep he needs these days, saying his goal is eight hours and getting nine or 10 hours a night would be “great.” When he was winning Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer said it was “not right” not to get 11 or 12 hours of sleep a night.
But Smith isn’t the only star athlete to suffer from sleep deprivation. Several NBA players have had sleep deprivation issues in recent years due to the league’s travel schedules, and Andre Iguodala also revealed he struggled with sleep deprivation during his first 10 seasons in the league. In the NFL world, Cam Newton revealed that he slept less than five hours each night during the 2020 season.
However, Smith can be a bit of a unicorn in its habits. In 2021, he told GQ that he’ll be heading to his favorite fast food joint for pregame meals at home games.
“If it’s a home game, I’m going to McDonald’s for breakfast,” Smith said. “I’m not going to lie. I have to buy a Mcgriddle, two hash browns and an orange juice. At home games I have to eat. At road games I just eat.” “At the hotel. Scrambled eggs.” , fruit, orange juice and that’s it. I don’t eat much before the game.Just before the game, I eat some fruit and leave it alone.’That. “
During an interview on “The Pivot Podcast,” moderators noted that Smith’s habits, hobbies, and demeanor are a bit different than other athletes they’ve interviewed. Outside of football, the soft-spoken Smith said he spends most of his time at home playing basketball or just laying around. He also revealed that he has a hibachi restaurant he frequents on pre-game Fridays during the season.
Smith also talked about the Joker tattoo, saying he got it because he’s a big Joker fan.
“I’m a huge Joker fan,” Smith said. “I mean, Joker, that’s my man. It was just something.” I grew up watching it all the time. ”
But when asked if he puts Joker-like energy on the field, Smith said no.
“I was kind of depressed,” Smith said. “If you don’t start anything, you don’t end up with nothing. That’s how I think about it.”
Smith and the Eagles are looking to repeat last season when the receiver contributed to one of Philadelphia’s best offenses in the league. Perhaps the top NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys have beefed up their defense and traded Stephon Gilmore to counter the Eagles’ air raids in the offseason.
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When asked how Philadelphia planned to attack the Dallas duo of Gilmore and Trevon Diggs, Smith replied calmly.
“anything [Eagles offensive coordinator] Brian [Johnson] “If the call comes in, we’re going to work with it,” Smith said. “That’s the way it is.”
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