8x All Pro Dajuan Smith signs for 2021 season
The Erie Express are happy to announce the return of 8x All-Pro DL-Dajuan Smith (Gannon University) for the 2021 season. Dajuan begins his ninth season with the Express and is a returning starter on the defensive line.
Dajuan played the first two games with us in 2019 before leaving to play for the Canton Pitbulls. The Pitbulls qualified for the PAFL Divisional game that season. (Season stats not available at time of release)
In 2018 Dajuan helped led us to the GDFL Xtreme Conference Championship game and a 9-1 overall record. We finished the regular season as the only undefeated team in the GDFL, a #1 ranking overall as well as #1 Offense and Defense, Xtreme East Division Champions and a birth in the Xtreme Conference Finals.
For the season Dajuan racked up 33 tackles (9 solo, 24 assists), 18 tackles for loss for -113 yards, 13 sacks and a pass breakup. For his efforts Dajuan was awarded GDFL All-Pro Status for the seventh consecutive year.
Over the past seven All-Pro seasons Smith has racked up some impressive numbers totaling 346 tackles, 159 tackles for loss totaling -848 yards of offense (Express records), 96 sacks (Express record) and 14 caused fumbles (Express record).
Dajuan played his college ball at Gannon University and was an All GLIAC DL for the Golden Knights his senior year. Dajuan has played professionally indoor for the Erie Freeze (AIFA), Erie Riverrats (AIFA), Erie Storm (AIFA), Erie Explosion, Canton Cougars (UIFL) and the Western PA Sting (UIFL). Smith was part of 2 championships with the Erie Explosion.
"I cannot tell you how excited we are to have Dajuan back in an Express uniform. He has been a major part of all the success we have had over the years. He has always been a leader for us on and off the field. He says very little but instead let's his play do ALL his talking. Dajuan is that guy who never hesitates to help the players around them reach their full potential. I have known Dajuan for over 15 years and he appears to be in the best shape of his life. We are blessed to have him back on board and are expecting another All-Pro season from him in 2021"-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
Dajuan is sponsored Rebright Exterior Cleaning for the 2021 season. For ALL your exterior cleaning needs please do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Rebright via their website or Facebook pages to set up an appointment.
We are happy to have you back on board the "PAINTRAIN" Dajuan.