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Smith says he’s a “Lycan wolf ninja” in playoffs

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 2, 2012 – 2:05 pm

One of the bright spots in the Texans’ Week 17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday was defensive end Antonio Smith. He had two sacks in the first half, giving him a career-high 6.5 on the season.

Smith punctuated both sacks with his trademark “Ninja Assassin Slash of Death” celebration, something he hadn’t been able to do since Week 5. After tallying at least half a sack in each of the first five games of 2011, Smith was stuck on 4.5 sacks until Sunday.

“Man – I thought I was gonna have to kill the ninja or something,” Smith said after the game. “I was gonna have to put him in retirement. It felt good. Just playing and having fun. I was a little too excited on the first one because it’d been so long, I almost forgot how to do the ninja, but it felt good. It really did.”

Smith, whose ninja persona extends well beyond his sack celebration, was asked if there’s a special “playoff ninja” in store.

“What?” he said, giving a ‘you-should-know-better’ look at the source of the question. “I don’t want to toot two horns, but playoff ninja Antonio slash whatever is a lot more… I don’t know what to call it, but I think I played my best ball in that playoff run I had with the Cardinals. I focused more than I focused, and it turned out to be a good little playoff run. It didn’t end the way I wanted it, but hey, I get another shot.”

So… a “super ninja,” then?

“More like a Lycan wolf ninja – like a ninja who been bit by a werewolf and then he’s still a ninja but then transforms to the wolf come game time,” Smith said. “And the wolf is the dog. And y’all know I got the dog, too.”

Smith had two sacks, eight tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in four playoff games with the Cardinals in 2008-09.

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