Friday, May 12, 2006

862 receptions, 12,287 yards, and 67 TD's. Those are the career numbers for Jimmy Smith. How can a career numbers such as those be shoved under the rug? It seems all of the sports talking heads have done just that to say he's not a Hall of Famer. Smith is a man that overcame drug problems and not being looked at as a starting caliber player. He has more yards, receptions, and touchdowns of any Hall of Fame receiver and ranks in the top 10 in each category all-time. He's been to five Pro Bowls and has been one of the most consistent players in the history of the NFL. He wasn't a Jerry Rice, Chris Carter, or Tim Brown. He wasn't surrounded with the best quarterbacks, coaching staffs, or offenses. He was productive and gave the Jaguars a No. 1 receiver since they came into the NFL. He's a Hank Aaron type player. He never was dominant like the best players in the game but was consistent over his entire career to put together an impressive body of work. In my opinion is Hank Aaron is a Hall of Fame caliber player then Jimmy Smith should be considered a Hall of Fame caliber player.