Yet Smith’s absence from the Hall is particularly glaring not just because of what he did on the field, and not just how that matches with (and exceeds) the production of other players who are in the Hall. When you needed a play to be made, you knew that you could throw the ball to him and some way, somehow, he was going to catch the thing.”. 142 likes. Jerry Rice was the 16th name called in the 1985 NFL draft. He has been largely ignored by the Hall Of Fame. Vintage High graduate Jerry Smith, left, poses with former San Francisco State University football head coach Vic Rowen after a ceremony in which Smith was inducted into the SFSU Hall of Fame in 1992. He missed several games in 1971 to injury, but was back as a full time starter the following season, and would be until his final season in 1977. [2] By the time he retired, he held the NFL record for most career touchdowns by a tight end. All 20 members of the Centennial Class of 2020 will be honored in a separate ceremony from the Class of … Sharpe ended his career with 62 scores — just two more than Smith — and he’s now in the Hall Of Fame. Jerry Smith, Class: Induction: 1999 Sport(s): Men's Basketball - MVP on 1962-63 team which went 20-8, Jerry Smith (1999) - Hall of Fame - Columbus State University Athletics Skip To Main Content 2020 is the year to correct that. Lawton Eisenhower High School. It is considered the time honored traditional age of manhood, when by Jewish law being responsible for your actions passes from the parents to the child. "[3] Smith's sexuality was confirmed after his death by former teammate pro NFL football player David Kopay, who had come out of the closet years earlier. Jerry Smith held an NFL scoring record for 27 years. He was inducted to the Fayetteville State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 and to the SIAC Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. Velma-Alma High School. Jerry’s contribution wasn’t just on the field, according to Hill: “When I got to Washington, I could see there was an element of trust in that locker room, and he was a very important part of it.”. Jerry Smith, Class: Induction: 1999 Sport(s): Men's Basketball - MVP on 1962-63 team which went 20-8, Jerry Smith (1999) - Hall of Fame - Columbus State University Athletics Hall of Fame "[3], Selected in the ninth round (118th overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft out of Arizona State,[4] Smith was also drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 18th round of the 1965 AFL Draft. Of all of Smith’s accomplishments, one in particular stands out from the rest like no other forgotten candidate: 60 career touchdowns. To deny that is to deny history. And as a bonus: He’s got more touchdowns than Ditka, Newsome and Winslow, too. Jerry Smith is a tight end that played for the Redskins from 1965-1977 and retired as the all time touchdown leader for tight ends. This year there are six tight ends being considered as modern-era nominees. Smith caught 421 passes, including 60 touchdowns, a career record for tight ends at the time. CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith can stop the chase now. Sometimes things are inevitable, including the Hall of Fame inductions of Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith. Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith took different routes to National Football League touchdown records. “If there actually were a homosexual in the league, which I have no evidence there is, if you have a homosexual he’s always subject to possible compromise,” Danahy said. While Smith was known for his pass-catching, he could also block. Our goal is to raise awareness for the great player and person he was and to have his legacy live on in the Football Hall of Fame. Jacksonville’s Jimmy Smith was first eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2011. HALL OF FAME 2009 JERRY SMITH - coach, athletic director . To be sure, all of them are likely long-shots to make the Hall. In 1971, as a part of a USO tour in association with the NFL, Smith, along with other stars John Brown, Butch Byrd, Fred Hoaglin, George Kunz, and Tom Woodeshick, visited and signed autographs for wounded military personnel in Vietnam. Owens was one of the players on the team that knew for sure Smith was gay. In addition, Smith’s name resides in the team’s Ring Of Fame, the only tight end included. The hour long show was about Smith, his career, and his death from AIDS. Even though Kopay used an alias, Smith knew Kopay was talking about him. Some doctors refused to treat them (yes, this happened too). Aug. “No question,” Smith said. Record stood for 27 years. In the 1980s, when Smith went public about having AIDS, some people were proposing laws that would mandate AIDS victims get tattoos on their hands, so that people could more easily avoid touching them (yes, this literally happened). In the late 1980s, Jerry Smith founded a martial art training system called "The Five-Level Method", based on his decades of experience as a martial artist. From 1967 to 1970, Smith was a full time starter for the Redskins. Both admitted their destinies are fulfilled. NFL record-setter. 87, in this special year designed to honor the forgotten past, it’s time for the blue-ribbon panel of senior selectors to bring the conversation about Jerry Smith into the room. Tom Snider. That’s certainly the case with Smith. Known as Bobby Joe during his playing days – a nickname legendary "Voice of the Mountaineers" Jack Fleming began calling him … While he would be the first openly gay person in the Hall, its his on-field performance that demands voters’ attention. Jerry Smith, Class: Induction: 2019 Sport(s): Coach/Administrator, Track and Field - Jerry Smith is Jerry Smith (2019) - Hall of Fame - University of West Alabama Athletics Skip To Main Content Smith made his PGA TOUR Champions debut at the 2014 Principal Charity Classic, playing on a sponsor’s exemption. His career 60 TD’s as a Tight End was a record for 26 years, until Hall-of-Famer Shannon Sharpe beat the record in his last season with 62 TD’s – played entirely in the post-1978 passing rule change NFL era. Smith was named to the NFL’s All-Pro team twice and was not an all-decade choice. The hour long show was about Smith, his career, and his death from AIDS. About 75% of inductees have been named to an all-decade team. Steve Patterson. 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When coach George Allen was tasked with compiling Washington’s All-Time team about a decade after Smith’s retirement, he said Smith was the most obvious pick of all. He also has more receiving yards than three Hall of Famers at that position. Howard’s basketball Bobcats. What makes Smith’s exclusion so egregious: One long-time Hall Of Fame voter told me recently that Smith, to the best of his knowledge, has never been a finalist. Marshall Faulk was a 1st-ballot Hall of Famer. The 2020 class is being expanded specifically for people like Smith, who was intentionally quiet and avoided interviews and the limelight during his career, reportedly for fear he would be outed as gay. Linked as the NFL's leading receiver and rusher, two of the greatest players football has seen entered the Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Rescheduled: Enshrinement Ceremony 07:00 PM . Carl Hawkins. The venerable Jerry Rice and the incomparable Emmitt Smith took their place in history. In 2014, The NFL network aired A Football Life: Jerry Smith. 2020 is the year to correct that. The Pro Football Reference Hall of Fame Monitor (HOFm) is a metric designed to estimate a player's chances of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame using AV, Pro Bowls, All-Pros, championships, and various stat milestones. Many of his former teammates have talked publicly about that since, saying they knew about him. CANTON, Ohio -- Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith can stop the chase now. Mike Mobra. No doubt there are people across football who believe “their guy” deserves another shot. He’s never been a finalist for the Hall. The players listed below are the top 250 HOFm-rated players who played TE starting in 1955 or later for at least 50 career games. Jerry Smith Hall of Fame Debate Reignited Jul 20, 2016 at 03:52 AM. Jerry Loveall. 1: Hall Of Famer Mike Ditka. And that word was never spoken in the locker room ever again. Redskins center Len Hauss was another close friend to Smith as well. Smith should not be considered for the Hall Of Fame because he’s gay. Jerry Smith held an NFL scoring record for 27 years. 60 Jerry Smith54 Wesley Walls53 Dallas Clark50 Ben Coates49 Keith Jackson37 Jeremy Shockey33 Brent Jones. On one occasion, a player said a word Hauss did not like (most likely a gay slur) and Hauss confronted the player and said he'd better not hear that word in the locker room again. Smith, regarded as a “clutch player,” made sure every reception counted. “The easiest position for me to pick of all 22 is tight end,” Allen said in selecting Smith as the franchise’s all-time tight end. The increase in senior inductees next year is designed to catch some of the people who have fallen through the cracks. When asked if Smith belongs in the hall of fame, Owens replied that Smith would be in the hall already if … While Smith’s 13.1 yards per reception may not be top-of-class, it’s still better than various Hall Of Famer tight ends — including Kellen Winslow and Ozzie Newsome — as well as candidates on the radar screen — including Ben Coates, Dallas Clark, Jay Novacek and Todd Christiansen. According to Fox Sports, Smith also had 421 catches for 5,496 yards – more receptions than three of the eight tight ends already in the Hall of Fame. Smith tops all of the current modern-era tight end nominees in touchdowns, and he did it playing 14-game seasons. Brig Owens was interviewed during commercial breaks. 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Wählen Sie aus erstklassigen Inhalten zum Thema Enshrinees in höchster Qualität. This video is about Hall Of Fame Jerry Smith. The 1970s All-Decade tight end, Dave Casper, and the 1970s second-team tight end, Charlie Sanders, are also in the Hall. I apologize if anyone else has made a thread pertaining to this but I did not see one. Emmitt Smith saw 16 players selected before he was taken in 1990. Rice, the NFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards, total touchdowns, and receptions, and Smith, the league’s all-time leading rusher, were among those elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. [2][8] He was the first former professional athlete to die of the disease. Official Site of Kansas Wesleyan University Official Site of Kansas Wesleyan University Toggle navigation [5]Smith had a stellar career for the Redskins under head coaches Bill McPeak, Otto Graham, Vince Lombardi, and George Allen. Smith is on that ballot, along with a couple hundred players. His 421 career receptions were only six behind the then-No. Head coach Vince Lombardi, who had a gay brother, demanded a homophobia-free locker room but "not even the legendary Lombardi could insulate him from the crippling societal homophobia of the era. In 2014, The NFL network aired A Football Life: Jerry Smith. Week 7: Smith belongs in the Hall of Fame. [3] He was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring. Period. When he retired, Smith was 17th on the NFL’s all-time receiving touchdown list regardless of position, and most of those other players — playing receiver and getting more touches — have a yellow jacket. The Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Automobile racing in Georgia. When Smith retired in 1977, he was also second all-time in career receptions by a tight end. Jerry Smith is a tight end that played for the Redskins from 1965-1977 and retired as the all time touchdown leader for tight ends. 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