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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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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.
Plankton is bemused by your ability to both breathe and post with a single brain cell.

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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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Plankton is bemused by your ability to both breathe and post with a single brain cell.

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Aright ! Aright ! There's the ole Infantrycak that we know and love !
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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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bwahahahahahah!! That's sig-worthy right there!

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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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Wish they would do a story on Dr Doom and Why he isn't in the hall
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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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Guy gets his own A Football Life ... just because he is gay.

Tim Tebow got his own A Football Life, too. For what???
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Tim Tebow got his own A Football Life, too. For what???
You've answered this one for people a million times - entertainment.

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Tim Tebow got his own A Football Life, too. For what???
Jury is still out cause he hasn't had sex .

Wait ..... if he didn't do the deed with Lucy Pinder he's gay or dead .
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You've answered this one for people a million times - entertainment.

Usual is boring. Unusual gets noticed.
Exactly. People seem to forget the point of entertainment is to be entertained.

Do some folks have a little red button for immediate butthurt? See subject, PUSH BUTTON. Lather, rinse, repeat.

It's like the remote control does not exist in their lives and they only get one channel on the tv.

Simple concept, y'know? Don't like something on tv, change the channel. Turn it off.

But the Butthurt must be heard!! RAGE RAGE BUTTHURT RAGE RAGE!!!

Amazing that grown men could be so friggin' sensitive.
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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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Guy gets his own A Football Life ... just because he is gay.

Well, it sounds like he was very good at his job and he unfortunately died young due to AIDS (did he die around the same time as Freddy Mercury? Honest question here), so there's a compelling bit there. Being gay in the NFL back then (especially compared to now, though there are still quite a lot of homophobic players) provides another angle that they could talk about, plus just a chance to talk about the Redskins, who are a large fanbase.

There are a lot of reasons that they decided to do A Football Life about him, not merely that he was gay.
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Tim Tebow got his own A Football Life, too. For what???
He won a Heisman and a two national championships. That isn't bad ...
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