Anyone remember Steve Smith? No, not the former Panthers receiver and current NFL Network analyst who fooled many Giants fans into thinking he was the new Wide Receivers Coach a couple weeks ago. I’m talking about the Steve Smith who put together a couple of very solid seasons with the Giants and then went to the Eagles and was never the same (that’s what happens when you leave the G-Men for that disgusting franchise in Philly). The thing about that Steve Smith is that one of those “solid” seasons, was one of the best in Giants history, and I don’t think it gets talked about enough.
When you think of all time receivers in Giants history, guys like Amani Toomer, Plaxico Burress, Odell Beckham Jr., or even a tight end like Mark Bavaro come to mind. Now, I think most fans remember Steve Smith with fondness, but 2009 was very sneakily an All-Time season in Giants history and easily the best season of Steve Smith’s career. Smith would set the single season record for receptions in Giants history with 107, have the 6th most receiving yards in a single season in Giants history with 1,220 yards, and would add 7 touchdowns to his resume as well. Smith would earn a Pro Bowl nod for his efforts in 2009. Smith was good for his other seasons with the Giants, but never reached these heights again. Looking back on some Smith highlights though, it is easy to see why Eli Manning and the Giants were so worried about losing him following the 2010 season.
It’s a slow time of year for Giants news, so looking back on these things is always fun. 2009 was a tough season as the Giants failed to make the playoffs after starting 5-0, but Steve Smith was able to have an All-Time season in Giants history.
Losing him probably felt like a big blow at the time, but it did help lead to the emergence of Victor Cruz. So, thanks for that Steve, that’s what you get for going to the Eagles.