Here's how a wrong Steve Smith was nominated for a Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame expelled a list of 108 modern-era nominees for a 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame category on Tuesday night, with many of a common suspects highlighting a list for a initial time, including former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and former Patriots and Vikings far-reaching receiver Randy Moss. 

Also fasten them was former NFL receiver Steve Smith. 

One problem: it’s not a former receiver for a Panthers and Ravens incited NFL Network researcher Steve Smith, who is a Steve Smith we would design to see nominated. That Smith isn’t authorised for initiation yet, having usually late after a 2017 season. In sequence to be nominated, players contingency be 5 years private from their personification career. 

Instead it’s former Giants, Eagles and Rams far-reaching receiver Steve Smith, who finished his career in 2012. That Smith was quickly a anticipation football darling, ripping on a stage in 2009 with New York when he held 107 passes for 1,220 yards and 7 touchdowns. 

CBS Sports’ Fantasy Commissioner product, a best in a biz bar none, saves breeze formula behind into eternity, so we checked to see when that Steve Smith was drafted in 2010. He went usually a turn after a REAL Steve Smith that year, going in a fourth turn to a group that will sojourn unnamed. He did have some-more yards and catches than a Panthers Steve Smith in 2009, so it wasn’t that crazy. Maybe. 

The other Steve Smith would have a deteriorate condensed by damage in 2010 and locate usually 48 passes for 529 yards. Although he indeed outperformed a Real Steve Smith again, though usually since RSS was personification with Jimmy Clausen a year before Cam Newton was drafted. 

RSS would detonate onto a stage again in 2011 — we wouldn’t unequivocally hear from OSS until this unequivocally moment.

According to USA Today, this was indeed a mistake, nonetheless one of usually peculiar circumstances. Other Steve Smith was indeed authorised for initiation into a Pro Football Hall of Fame, carrying played his final deteriorate during slightest 5 years ago and carrying done during slightest one Pro Bowl or All Pro group in his career (2009, natch).

Additionally, a Hall of Fame pronounced that OSS was indeed nominated by a fan by a fan voting site on NFL.com that contained, for a time, an erring print of Real Steve Smith on a page with OSS. It’s tough adequate that we’re regulating acronyms during this point. Poor Other Steve Smith.

So really, it was usually a outcome of everybody being confused and OSS removing a assignment instead of Agent 89. Real Steve Smith stands a flattering good possibility of being inducted into a Hall, carrying done 5 Pro Bowls and ranking seventh in receiving yards all-time. His celebrity and high-profile gig after timid won’t harm him either. 

But unfortunately he will not be authorised for during slightest a few some-more years. 

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