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Smith Wins Rare Award for Lineman



    Smith Wins Rare Award for Lineman
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    Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Tyron Smith is still the youngest member of the Dallas Cowboys' standout offensive line, even though he's in his third year as a pro and there are two guys on the line with him who were drafted in the past two years.

    He's under contract on a long-term deal he got last year, and that means he could possibly duplicate what he did this past weekend before his eight-year deal expires.

    That's because Smith became the first offensive lineman to win NFC Offensive Player of the Week award since Brian Waters won the award in 2004 — yep, 10 years ago — as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Smith was phenomenal on Sunday in the Cowboys' shocking win on the road over the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and their No. 1-ranked run defense. He was a big part of running back DeMarco Murray pushing his streak of 100-yard games to start the season to six, and he also helped protect Tony Romo pretty well against a ferocious defensive line.

    So, who will be the next offensive lineman to take home the award? I'd say it's a pretty safe bet to say Smith. It might just be a while.