Hall of confusion: The ‘other’ WR named Steve Smith is a nominee for enshrinement


Sure you mean this guy? (Bill Kostroun/AP)

For years, fantasy football players, among others, struggled with confusing one wide receiver named Steve Smith with another of the same name. Actually, though, it wasn’t that hard to tell them apart: One was a five-time Pro Bowler who racked up the seventh-most receiving yards ever during a 16-year NFL career, and the other had one good season during an otherwise nondescript, six-year career.

It would seem, though, that the confusion remains — on the part of none other than the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, the institution charged with enshrining the NFL’s all-time greats in Canton, Ohio, released the list of modern-era nominees for its Class of 2018, and among the exclusive group of 108 players was the “other” Smith. The former second-round pick by the Giants, who also enjoyed brief stints with the Eagles and Rams, was listed alongside the likes of Isaac Bruce, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, John Taylor and Hines Ward.

That’s some pretty nice company for a guy who notched career totals of 245 catches for 2,641 yards and 12 touchdowns, with one 1,000-yard season. It would seem pretty clear that the Hall was thinking of the Steve Smith who

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/09/13/hall-of-confusion-the-other-wr-named-steve-smith-is-a-nominee-for-enshrinement/

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