When Willie Smith became the only undrafted rookie to make the Washington Redskins' opening day roster, he celebrated by spiffing up his 2000 all-white Crown Victoria.
''I noticed that he had got his windows tinted and he had gotten rims on it,'' running back Roy Helu said, ''so I just joked around and said how he's changed ever since he's made it big-time.''
Helu has kept it up all season, making up stories about Smith getting accessories like subwoofers and satellite radio. When Helu told the story to reporters this week, Smith was beside himself.
''Oh, come on, Roy,'' Smith bellowed across the locker room Wednesday. ''You told them I got big-time? Got tinted windows?''
The truth is that Smith only got the rims - the car's windows were already tinted - and that Helu does the shtick because he says Smith is actually the opposite of flashy. Besides, a newbie at the fringe of the roster doesn't need to be spending big on his car.
For most of the season, there wasn't much reason ...