Roquan Smith Got His First Pick-Six Ball Back from That Fan (Who Also Got a Little Something for His Trouble)

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Roquan Smith Got His First Pick-Six Ball Back from That Fan (Who Also Got a Little Something for His Trouble)

Chicago Bears

They say you never forget your first, but when it comes to Roquan Smith’s first ever pick-six, it wasn’t top of mind as he gave the ball to a lucky fan in the stands.

Smith admitted he would’ve liked the ball as a keepsake, but took pride in making someone’s day by gifting them a souvenir. After all, it was the fans’ first regular-season game back at Soldier Field.

And, in a story of all’s well that ends well, Smith got his wish and a Bears fan gets the memory of a lifetime:

I’ve never been in a position to trade what might be priceless to an athlete for something that could be of value to me. But I think it’s awesome that both sides got something pretty dang cool out of this deal.

But more than that, I’m happy that we — as a Bears fandom — get to share a story like this one. Stuff like this is what we were missing last year while fans were unable to attend games due to policies during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. We obviously think about crowd noise as a factor that was missing last year. But there is nothing like genuine player-fan interaction to serve as a reminder of how much we were missing with butts not being in stadium seats last year.

Here’s to more Bears players having historic firsts and sharing them with the fans.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.