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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith surprised many by leading his team to a 17-16 make an impression on the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
Following the victory, Smith had a succinct message for his critics: “They wrote me off. I ain’t write back, though!”
NFL fans were quick to celebrate Smith’s mic-drop quote on Twitter:
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Geno got bars pic.twitter.com/wn79QsNsoe
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Comeback Player of the entire year. Book it. pic.twitter.com/1QkX8SMdba
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@GenoSmith3 is really a genius.
“That’s off the dome there,” Smith said, per The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar. “That’s straight bars there.”
Smith was at his best in Monday’s victory, finishing 23-of-28 for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He completed his first 13 passes and went 17-of-19 in the initial half alone.
A 10-year veteran, Smith has already established a distinctive NFL career. Following a stellar run at West Virginia, he was projected to be probably the most coveted quarterback prospects in the 2013 draft. However, he fell out from the first round after he reportedly rubbed some teams the wrong manner through the predraft process. THE BRAND NEW York Jets selected him with a second-round pick.
Starting immediately for a rebuilding team, Smith struggled mightily as a rookie and threw 12 touchdowns with 21 interceptions. His sophomore season wasn’t far better, as he threw 13 scores and 13 picks. Smith’s third season in 2015 was derailed when he suffered a broken jaw throughout a locker room altercation with defensive end IK Enemkpali over a $600 unpaid debt. He suffered a torn ACL the next year.
Smith spent time as a backup for the LA Chargers and GAMBLING before signing with the Seahawks in 2020, where he revitalized his career. He appeared in four games in 2021 with three starts and threw for 702 yards, five touchdowns and an interception.
The 31-year-old was named the starter for the 2022 season after beating Drew Secure a quarterback competition this offseason. Monday’s performance proved that Seattle made the proper decision.
The Seahawks will undoubtedly be back action Sunday contrary to the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 49ers.