Philadelphia Eagles star DeVonta Smith emerged as one of the NFL‘s top wide receivers in 2022 and one of quarterback Jalen Hurts’ favorite targets.
Smith’s breakout shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he became the first wideout since Desmond Howard in 1991 to win the Heisman Trophy when he did so in 2020 with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
But what exactly makes Smith so good?
As it turns out, it may well be down to have absolutely absurd game day routine.
Smith went on The Pivot podcast with Channing Crowder, Ryan Clark and Fred Taylor recently to discuss a wide array of topics. One of those topics was his pregame habits.
As it turns out, one of those habits involves intentionally getting what most of us would consider a bad night of sleep.
“I don’t need a lot of sleep. I get 4 hours of sleep, I’m good. All I need is 4 hours,” he said. If I get a full 8 hours, I ain’t gonna be worth nothing the next day.”
Additionally, Smith’s diet is far from what you’d expect from an elite athletes. While most NFL trainers and dieticians might suggest a protein and carb-heavy meal during pregame without many processed fats and sugars, Smith goes in the opposite direction.
The 24-year-old says he eats McDonald’s breakfast before every home game.
“If it’s a home game, I’m going to McDonald’s,” he said. I’m not even gonna lie to you, I get a McGriddle, two hash browns, and an orange juice. I gotta have it.”
Now, we wouldn’t recommend four hours of sleep and regular McDonald’s breakfast for just anyone.
But whatever Smith is doing, he should probably stick with it. The Louisiana native had 159 catches for 2,112 yards and 12 touchdowns over his first two seasons. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.