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Saturday, January 31: Bruce Smith, Hall of Fame Redskin?

Posted by Matt Terl on January 31, 2009 – 5:31 pm

Bruce Smith, NFL career sacks leader, was one of six players announced today as a 2009 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Smith spent the vast majority of his nineteen year career with the Buffalo Bills, including all eleven of his Pro Bowl seasons, but he did finish up with four years as a Redskin, and it was during those four years that he took over as all-time sack leader.

In fact, I was surprised when I looked over Smith’s Redskins statistics. I remember him largely as a non-factor with the team, but he actually recorded 29 sacks here over his four years. Not the type of numbers that got him into the Hall, but also not Willie Mays stumbling around the outfield as a New York Met either.

So the question is this: obviously — and correctly — Smith is primarily thought of as a Buffalo Bill. But do you consider him a Washington Redskin as well?

Owner Daniel M. Snyder certainly seems to. Here’s the text of his statement after the announcement:

“We were fortunate to have Bruce as a Redskin for his final four playing years, and as a Redskin when he set the all-time sack record. He’s a consummate professional in life, as he was in the locker room and on the field. He’s a personal friend, and the epitome of a Hall of Famer. He still joins us at games, and Redskins fans will always feel part of his stellar career.”

And here’s Smith’s response on NFL Network to hearing that statement.


So, taking that into consideration — and maybe thinking about his Tidewater and Virginia Tech roots as well — what do you think?

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