Roquan Smith has more sheared sheep than tackles on his stat sheet as a pro football player.
Smith and several other Bears rookies participated in a hands-on community event at Lambs Farm in Libertyville, Illinois on Monday where he assisted farm staff with the sheep's grooming. Smith said it was a first for him despite growing up around animals.
"It's like on the norm for me though, playing linebacker you're in the trenches," Smith said of the experience.
"Shaving a sheep, I never really envisioned myself doing something like that," Smith said via ChicagoBears.com. "I was around animals [growing up], but it was more so cows and goats here and there and dogs and cats. I've petted a sheep before, but never actually flipped one and shaved one."
Bears rookies got up close and personal with more than just sheep.
Rookies from the Chicago Bears braved the rain and volunteered in our businesses this morning. They baked cookies, decorated the Thrift Shop, painted the Cafe & Bakery, walked and bathed the puppies and got a lesson in sheep shearing.
We are so grateful for their support! pic.twitter.com/tMgaH5hONX— Lambs Farm (@lambsfarm) May 21, 2018
Smith was selected with the eighth overall pick in April's draft and will assume a starting role opposite Danny Trevathan at inside linebacker this season. Here's to hoping he can wrangle opposing ball-carriers like a sheep waiting to be sheared.