STATE COLLEGE — To excel and succeed at a premier football program like Penn State requires an uncanny devotion to the game, a marriage between player and sport.
For Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith, he finds himself splitting time between two marriages.
Away from the field, the 23-year-old redshirt senior is a husband to his wife Andrea, a marriage symbolic of the maturity that Smith exuded at the podium this week as he met with the media in person alongside James Franklin’s weekly press conference.
Also this week, Smith was among 11 FBS and 22 overall honorees for their community service as recognized with Allstate AFCA Good Works honors. He’s the fourth PSU player to earn the honor, joining Ben Kline (2015), Stefen Wisniewski (2010) and Wayne Holmes (1994).
Smith has nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, in three games this season.
The Good Works team will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a special community service project ahead of the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl, where the entire team will also be recognized on the field at halftime.
Most college athletes struggle to juggle time with just football and academics. Smith seemingly succeeds at not only juggling these two activities, but also making it a priority to reserve time for his wife.
“Obviously I love my wife very much,” Smith said. “She’s a huge blessing to me and one of my biggest supporters. Obviously time is the biggest difference for me and my teammates.”
But just as a linebacker must be adaptable to a changing game plan or an aspiring physician like Smith must remain on their toes to manage copious amounts of course work, Smith does his best to plan his day with wife Andrea in mind.
“Some guys can just go and sit by themselves or do whatever they need to do,” Smith said. “But in fairness to my wife and because I want to be with her,…