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20. Steve Smith

An All Star in 1998, Steve Smith was highly regarded for his excellent shooting skill, especially from behind the arc.  Smith would post two consecutive seasons with Atlanta where he averaged 20.1 Points per Game.  For a large part of his Atlanta tenure, Smith was regarded as the primary option for the team, and while he could not lead Atlanta deep into the playoffs, he always brought them there. 

Steve Smith

One of the greatest offensive players in Carolina Panthers history, Steve Smith had seven seasons as a Panther where he eclipsed the 1,000 Yard mark in Receiving Yards.  His best season was in 2005 where he would win the Wide Receiver’s “Triple Crown” by leading the NFL in Receptions, Receiving Yards and Receiving Touchdowns. 

Steve Smith to retire at the end of the year

A fairly major retirement in the world of professional football will take place at the end of this season as Baltimore Ravens’ Wide Receiver, Steve Smith Sr., will hang up his cleats following this year’s campaign. 

Smith is entering his second (and final) season with Baltimore after spending the first thirteen seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.  Seven times, Smith eclipsed 1,000 Yards Receiving in a season and in 2005 he would lead the NFL in both Receptions and Yards Receiving.  A two time First Team All Pro, Steve Smith currently ranks 14th in Yards and a 800 Yard season would put him in the top ten, and improve his Hall of Fame probability, even in an era with inflated numbers for wideouts.

Is Steve Smith Sr. a Hall of Famer?  We’re not sure that he is, but another Pro Bowl season, or a deep playoff run by the Ravens could put him over the top.

Steve Smith Retires. HOF Bound?

The 2016 NFL Regular Season is now over and with the Baltimore Ravens failure to make the post season, so is the career of Wide Receiver, Steve Smith.

The question that has been asked is whether or not he is a Hall of Famer and there is strong case to suggest that he is.

Entering the National Football League as Carolina’s 2001 third round pick from the University of Utah, Smith would earn First Team All Pro Honors and a trip to the Pro Bowl, though that was as a Special Teams Player.  He would finish fourth in Kick Return Yards and in All Purpose Yards.  The next year, he would still perform at Special Teams, but was now a starting Wide Receiver and would finish seventh in All Purpose Yards. 

Smith would see his returning duties decrease as his offensive duties increased.  2003 would be his first 1,000 Yard season and more importantly he would help the Carolina Panthers reach the Super Bowl, catching 4 passes for 80 yards and a Touchdown in a losing effort against the New England Patriots.  This was a good year for Steve Smith but the following campaign would not be as he would break his leg in the opening game of 2004, thus rending that campaign over for him right after it began.  2005 would be a much better year.

Statistically speaking, 2005 was Steve Smith’s best year.  The wideout would lead the NFL in Receptions, Receiving Yards and Receiving Touchdowns, the “triple crown” of his position.  He would also earn his second trip to the Pro Bowl and his second First Team All Pro Selection.  Fittingly, he would win the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Smith would be with Carolina for eight more seasons, five of which saw him exceed 1,000 Yards, three of which saw him finish in the top ten.  He would also go to three more Pro Bowls and in 2008 would lead in Yards per Reception.

Released by the Carolina Panthers in March of 2014, Steve Smith would sign with the Baltimore Ravens.  The Ravens would be rewarded with the signing, as he would have another 1,000 Yard season, his last in the NFL.  He would have another two good seasons with Baltimore.

Steve Smith is currently 7th all time in Receiving Yards and All Purpose Yards, 12th in Receptions and 26th in Receiving Touchdowns.  These are good numbers, even in this more era of offense and he has a Hall of Fame case.  His detractors will point as him being a volatile player, but over his long career, he only played for two teams, showing that teams wanted him to play there.

We will be ranking Steve Smith highly once he is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will be in 2022.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Steve Smith on an incredible career and wish him the best in his post-playing career.



Our 2022 Football Futures are now up

As always, with us at Notinhalloffame.com we are always adding sections. Today we are adding the 2022 Football Futures section.

The entries that are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022 are:

A.J. Hawk: A Linebacker who spent most of his career with the Green Bay Packers and helped them win Super Bowl XLV.

Andre Johnson: A Wide Receiver who was a seven time Pro Bowler and two time First Team All Pro. Johnson, who was with the Houston Texans for the best part of his career was a two time Receiving Leader. He is also a three time NFL Alumni Wide Receiver of the Year. Johnson finished his career with 14,185 Receiving Yards and 70 Touchdown Receptions.

Anquan Boldin: A three time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver with the Arizona Cardinals, Boldin would win a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens later in his career. He retired with 13,779 Receiving Yards and 82 Touchdowns.

Arian Foster: Foster went to four Pro Bowls in a career spent predominantly with Houston. Foster led the NFL in Rushing Yards in 2010 and would twice lead the league in Rushing Touchdowns.

Branden Albert. Albert was a two time Pro Bowl Offensive Tackle.

Brandon Flowers. A Pro Bowl Selection at Cornerback in 2013, Flowers played for both Kansas City and the San Diego Chargers.

Chad Greenway. Greenway was a two time Pro Bowl Linebacker who spent his entire run with the Minnesota Vikings. He recorded over 1,000 Tackles over his career.

Chris Chester. Chester played eleven seasons in the NFL mostly at Right Guard.

DeMarcus Ware. Ware was a nine time Pro Bowl and four time First Team All Pro Selection and is one of best defensive players in Dallas Cowboy history. As a Cowboy, he would lead the National Football League twice in Quarterback Sacks and tallied 138.5 over his run. He would win a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos late in his career.

Devin Hester. Hester is considered to be one of the best returners of all-time and he is also a four time Pro Bowler. He holds the record for the most Special Teams Touchdowns in NFL history.

Evan Mathis. A two time Pro Bowl Selection, Evan Mathis was an Offensive Guard who won a Super Bowl Ring with the Denver Broncos.

Jake Long. The first overall draft pick of 2008, Long went to four straight Pro Bowls (2008-11) at Offensive Tackle.

James Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis played most of his career with the St. Louis Rams as their starting Middle Linebacker.

Jordan Cameron. A Pro Bowl in 2013, Cameron played Tight End in a career spent with Cleveland and Miami.

Justin Forcett. A Wide Receiver who played for eight different teams in seven seasons.

Pat McAfee. A charismatic Punter (Yes, that does exist), Pat McAfee was a two time Pro Bowl Selection.

Percy Harvin. Harvin was Pro Bowl Selection in his rookie season and the Wide Receiver would go on to win a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks.

Robert Mathis. Mathis is a member of the 100 Quarterback Sack Club who played his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts. The Linebacker went to six Pro Bowls and helped the Colts win a Super Bowl.

Steve Smith. Smith retired ranked seventh overall in Receiving Yards and Yards from Scrimmage. The Wide Receiver went to five Pro Bowls and in 2005 he would lead the NFL in Receptions, Receiving Yards and Receiving Touchdowns.

Tony Romo. Romo played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys where the Quarterback was a four time Pro Bowler. He would lead the NFL in Quarterback Rating in 2014 and is third all-time in QB Rating.

Vince Wilfork. Wilfork was a five time Pro Bowl Nose Tackle who played most of his career with the New England Patriots. Wilfork won a Super Bowl with the Pats.

The entire list can be found here.

As always we thank you for your support and we look forward to putting together more sections up at Notinhalloffame.com.

The Carolina Panthers announced four new names for their Hall of Honor

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such it is news to us that the Carolina Panthers have announced that four new members will be added to their Hall of Honor for 2019.

Before we look at those new members, let’s take a look at the Hall of Honor itself, which is still in a state of development.  Prior to this announcement, only two people were honored, that of former player Sam Mills and former executive Mike McCormack who were inducted way back in 1998.  There had been no discernable talk after about new members would enter the Hall of Honor but this changed when the new owner David Tepper bought the team.  

The Class of 2019 are:

Jake Delhomme: Quarterback 2003-09.  Delhomme arrived in 2003 as a free agent and took over as the team’s starter quickly coming in during the first game of the season in relief of Rodney Peete.  This began a Cinderella season where he took the Panthers all the way to an unexpected Super Bowl XXXVIII appearance where they lost in the last play of the game to the New England Patriots.  Delhomme would remain the team’s QB through to 2009 and the 2005 Pro Bowl Selection would throw for 19,258 Yards and 120 Touchdowns as a Panther.

Jordan Gross: Offensive Tackle 2003-13.  Gross would play 167 Games in the NFL all with Carolina and he started them all.  Gross was a three-time Pro Bowl Selection who was also chosen in 2018 as a First Team All-Pro.

Steve Smith: Wide Receiver 2000-13.  Smith was drafted in the 3rdRound in 2001 out of Utah and he would become the greatest offensive threat in Panthers history. He was a Pro Bowl Selection four times and a First Team All-Pro twice and in 2005 he would lead the NFL in Receptions (103), Receiving Yards (1,563) and Receiving Touchdowns (12).  Before he signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, Smith would accrue 836 Receptions, 12,197 Yards and 67 Touchdowns as a Panther. Smith is considered to be a solid threat to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame once eligible.

Wesley Walls: Tight End 1996-02.  Walls played six years in the NFL before joining Carolina in 1996 and it was there where he had his best years.  Walls played in Carolina for seven years and was a Pro Bowler in five of them.  With the Panthers he would accumulate 324 Receptions, 3,902 Yards with 44 TDs.

  

Going forward, what we know is that the other considered nominees for the Class of 2019 was not revealed and that there is no guarantee that there will be an inductee every year.  While it has not been finalized, the belief is that a player must have played for the organization for a minimum of three years and be retired for at least two.  Both Mills and McCormack have statues, but it will be commemorative busts for the new inductees. Their names will be added to the upper bowl inside the stadium.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate and Jake Delhomme, Jordan Gross, Steve Smith and Wesley Walls for earning this honor.

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