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Old 01-23-2014   #1
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erry Smith made football history in the 1970s when, as a player for the Washington Redskins, he caught more touchdowns than any other tight end in NFL history. But Smith is probably better known for being a closeted homosexual and succumbing to AIDS in 1986 at only 43 years old.

Tonight on the NFL Network docu-series A Football Life, the struggle and legacy of this two-time Pro Bowler comes into focus. A host of notable figures are interviewed, including former Redskins Sonny Jurgensen, Bobby Mitchell, Brig Owens, Larry Brown Billy Kilmer and Dave Kopay, who had a sexual encounter with Smith in the early 1970s.
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Noted LGBT advocate David Mixner, a friend of Smith’s who will participate in a post-show program on NFL Network says the closeted athlete had a “horrendous existence” and lived in constant fear of being outed. “He was really alone and terrified that he was gonna lose everything.”

The producers of A Football Life believe that, despite his impressive record, Smith’s sexual orientation has kept him out of consideration for the NFL Hall of Fame. Hopefully this will help change that.
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I dunno, but I'm betting Jim Rome and the rest of the left-wing LA sports media crowd make it their personal crusade to have this guy posthumously inducted into the NFL HOF.
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The personal crusade involved here is yours.
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That's all you've got this morning, that's downright civil for you Infantrycak. C'mon now, you are so much more entertaining when you are insulting.
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That's all you've got this morning, that's downright civil for you Infantrycak. C'mon now, you are so much more entertaining when you are insulting.
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Aright ! Aright ! There's the ole Infantrycak that we know and love !
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The personal crusade involved here is yours.
Really,

Jerry Smith doesn't have the numbers to be a HOF.

To suggest that he is deserving of the HOF reeks of the PC crowd at work.

Jerry Smith was a very good/All pro type TE. Not a HOF.

I find it ironic that Smith played the TIGHT END position.
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Really,

Jerry Smith doesn't have the numbers to be a HOF.

To suggest that he is deserving of the HOF reeks of the PC crowd at work.

Jerry Smith was a very good/All pro type TE. Not a HOF.

I find it ironic that Smith played the TIGHT END position.
Really? I watched that documentary last night and they showed that several HOF tight ends have inferior numbers to his.

As a matter of fact he held the touchdown record for tight ends for 25 years or so until it was finally broken by Shannon Sharpe.

Impressive because they were playing fewer games during Smith's era and offenses were more run oriented back then. Another thing to consider is he had Billy Kilmer, Sharpe had Elway.
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I don't get the title of the thread. What do you mean "finally"?
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Really? I watched that documentary last night and they showed that several HOF tight ends have inferior numbers to his.

As a matter of fact he held the touchdown record for tight ends for 25 years or so until it was finally broken by Shannon Sharpe.

Impressive because they were playing fewer games during Smith's era and offenses were more run oriented back then. Another thing to consider is he had Billy Kilmer, Sharpe had Elway.
Hey now, isn't it forum policy (or is that tradition?) to not let cold, hard facts get in the way of a good moral crusade?

OJ Simpson can decapitate people and not a problem to be in the HoF.

But man, if someone happens to love someone of the same sex, ERMAHGERD!!!!
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Really? I watched that documentary last night and they showed that several HOF tight ends have inferior numbers to his.

As a matter of fact he held the touchdown record for tight ends for 25 years or so until it was finally broken by Shannon Sharpe.

Impressive because they were playing fewer games during Smith's era and offenses were more run oriented back then. Another thing to consider is he had Billy Kilmer, Sharpe had Elway.
Yeah, check out the HoF TEs who largely overlapped with him:

Mike Ditka - 5812 yds, 43 TDs.
John Mackey - 5236 yds, 38 TDs.
Charlie Sanders - 4817 yds, 31 TDs.
Jackie Smith - 7918 yds, 40 TDs.

Jerry Smith - 5496 yds, 60 TDs.

Pretty hard to argue his numbers were inferior.

By the way, that era makes up half the TEs in the HoF.
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Guy gets his own A Football Life ... just because he is gay.

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Really? I watched that documentary last night and they showed that several HOF tight ends have inferior numbers to his.

As a matter of fact he held the touchdown record for tight ends for 25 years or so until it was finally broken by Shannon Sharpe.

Impressive because they were playing fewer games during Smith's era and offenses were more run oriented back then. Another thing to consider is he had Billy Kilmer, Sharpe had Elway.
Did you actually watch Jerry Smith play?

Did his play scream HOF to you?

Not so much for me.
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Did you actually watch Jerry Smith play?

Did his play scream HOF to you?

Not so much for me.
Nope, he retired about a year before I really started watching which would have been Earl's rookie season.

I was just going off of numbers and the fact he held the TE TD record for 25 years.

Apparently there are a bunch of Tight Ends in the HOF with inferior numbers to his. Maybe they are in because they were better blockers. Maybe it's also because they weren't fans of Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli.
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Really,

Jerry Smith doesn't have the numbers to be a HOF.

To suggest that he is deserving of the HOF reeks of the PC crowd at work.

Jerry Smith was a very good/All pro type TE. Not a HOF.

I find it ironic that Smith played the TIGHT END position.
I don't know a whole lot about this guy, but based on the numbers presented in this thread, I'd have to disagree with you. You add that to the fact that he played in a run oriented era with a QB that wasn't all that great, well I think there is a very strong case for this guy. I'm basing this mainly off of the information presented in this thread though.
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I dunno, but I'm betting Jim Rome and the rest of the left-wing LA sports media crowd make it their personal crusade to have this guy posthumously inducted into the NFL HOF.
...and make every team retire his jersey too... Then have every player wear it for a game so nobody knows who is playing...
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