There has been a big debate on whether NASCAR is a real sport or just pure entertainment with vehicles. It certainly seems like Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith believes the latter and is also convinced the drivers are athletes.
Smith is a big fan of NASCAR and he was even in Daytona this weekend to drive the pace car. After that experience, he spoke with reporters and said that he had a newfound respect for the drivers, but still doesn’t seem to think kickers are real athletes.
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) July 3, 2016
This is pretty ironic for Smith since the Jaguars have one of the best young kickers in the NFL in Jason Myers. Last season, Myers was 32-39 on extra points and 26-30 on field goals with a long of 58 in his rookie season with the Jaguars.
It is pretty hard to believe that it takes a lot of athletic prowess to be a kicker in the NFL, but it doesn’t take hardly any to be a driver in NASCAR. I find that a lot of fans are going to disagree with Telvin Smith on this.