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Wide Receiver – D.J. Smith

Racine Raiders wide receiver D.J. SmithThis is D.J.’s first year as a member of the Racine Raiders. D.J. is excited to be a wide receiver for this organization. He played collegiately at the University of Findlay.

Born in Racine and a current resident, D.J. came to the Raiders because he remembers wearing his Racine Youth Sports jersey and watching the games. He always wanted to be on the flip side and have the young athletes watch him.

He feels the Racine Raiders are a unique organization because the coaches coach the players, the players listen to the coaches, and there is no one man over the team. He feels the Raiders value a true team atmosphere.

Coming to cheer D.J. on and fill our stands each week are his parents, Jerry and Margaret Smith, his brother, Dafabian Shannon and his nephew, Kaleb Shannon.

D.J. has a very rewarding job. Being the Assistant PT Manager at Xperience Fitness on highway 20 in Racine, allows D.J. to help make a difference in people’s lives. From showing people the machines, to teaching them new exercises, he knows he is helping them make healthier choices to a healthier body. The future is bright for D.J., with sights set on opening his own studio for training.

Racine Raiders wide receiver D.J. Smith catches his first touchdown as a Raider.Outside of the normal day of work, sports, and family, D.J. enjoys riding a motorcycle and hosts a new event at every First Friday in downtown Racine, called Poetentiary Night (ask him about it some time).

D.J. has always dreamed of being a professional athlete. As a little boy, all he ever wanted to be was a professional football player.

“I was introduced to the game of football by a father figure named Bob Jarosz,” says D.J. “He taught me the right way to play football at a very young age and I wanted to thank him for that.”

On game day, D.J.’s day consists of trying to relax and visualize the plays that he is going to make in the game, sprinkled with some Steve Smith
highlights.