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BASN Classic Blackbox: Time To Go Jimmy Smith Says Good Bye To The NFL
Originally Published: May 14, 2006 TIME TO GO JIMMY SMITH SAYS GOOD BYE TO THE NFL SOME PEOPLE KNOW WHEN TO LEAVE THE STAGE
” SORRY GOTTA GO GOTTA GO ”
If only everyone knew
when to call it
especially in Sports.
Even in the face of lots of pleas for him not to do so, which would be more than enough to persuade many, Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith at 37 has made his decision Final. NO. NO he will not play another season. After 12 years in the NFL he said enough.
Make no mistake Smith was and is a player of Substance. Distinction. Who could play on. He is 7th on the All Time NFL Receiver list with 862 career receptions. And 11th All Time in receiving yards with 12, 287 yards. He is a 5 time All Pro choice. Last season at 36 Jimmy Smith certainly continued to prove himself as Jacksonville’s most productive receiver with 70 receptions for 1023 yards and 6 Touchdowns. He likely have done the same in 2006.
But he has said
Maybe understanding what he has been through will make his good sense apparent. In one year 2001 Smith underwent 3 abdominal operations. The same year he was arrested for drunken driving and separately cocaine use was detected during a test. Later he was suspended 4 games for confirmed drug use.
Going all the way back to 1992 Smith broke his leg and missed the majority of his first season in the NFL. The next year he underwent an emergency appendectomy and a series of post operation infections and setbacks. And he missed that entire season. Soon after he was cut from the Dallas roster than Philadelphia’s.
Still he battled on
Catching a break with the brand new Jags in 1995 who offered him a try out when most everyone assumed his very brief troubled career was all but over leaving him barely able to say he had played in the NFL, with a Straight Face. Fortunately he clicked indeed with new Jacksonville franchise and coach Tom Coughlin. It was the real start of a Distinguished Career.
Also a hint of why
Jimmy Smith may have developed a very sanguine view of the meaning of sports in his life and became immune to the Siren Call of “just one more season.” What we really have in Smith’s decision is yet another opportunity to see how high the Bullshit in the NFL remains.
Someone so outstanding at his position, appearing so loved even Adored by Jacksonville management that they delayed his retirement announcement in the futile hope yes just maybe he might wake up and change his mind and overjoy them saying YES I’ll play “one more season.” Even at 37 ! When most Receivers have already been told to throw in the Team Towel.
Jimmy Smith did not
succumb to the Seduction
At the Same Time
Doesn’t it seem perfectly Logical that a team so enamored of such an outstanding player who did so much for them will be instantly offered an assistant coaching position, or a place in the front office, or an announcing slot on Jaguar broadcasts. Jimmy Smith the LAST of the original Jaguar team still playing for them ……
There must be a place for
to keep Smith “producing”
for the Jags and
the good people of
so Far ????
is this More
IF you’re finishing playing
( African American )
” ENOUGH … OFFER ME SOMETHING ELSE ”