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Bruce Smith Shows Some Love To The Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on August 9, 2009 – 12:17 pm

Bruce Smith was inducted into the Hall of Fame last night, the first Hall of Fame induction since Redskins Night last year. And while it’s likely that nothing will ever touch the levels of Redskins Mania of last year, Smith — who finished his career with (a better-than-I-remembered) four years as a Redskin — did manage to bring some burgundy and gold love to the podium in Canton in 2009.

Here’s the video of his moving induction speech; the Redskins bit starts around 5:19.


The crowning achievement in my career in terms of statistics occurred when I broke the NFL All-Time sack record while playing for the Washington Redskins. This record of 200 sacks sets the benchmarks for all aspiring pass rushers. To Dan Snyder, I will forever treasure the special relationship that you and I forged when you extended the opportunity for me to play for the Washington Redskins, I am honored by your presence here today. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to play for a team with such a rich heritage.

Bruce Smith will always be most closely identified with the Buffalo Bills, and understandably so, but it was nice to have the Redskins connection recognized as well, especially with such effusive praise. Read more »

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Just A Little More On That Bruce Smith Issue

Posted by Matt Terl on February 4, 2009 – 4:39 pm

A few days ago, I asked if people considered new Hall of Famer Bruce Smith a Redskin.

Unsurprisingly, most people said no. (Equally unsurprisingly, the folks at Mister Irrelevant said no with entertaining verve.) Heck, I pretty much said no myself even as I was asking the question, although I tossed out a few half-baked stats to offer the counter-argument.

But ESPN 980 host Steve Czaban posted some more statistics (courtesy of John Thompson Show producer Chuck Sapienza) that actually muddy the water a bit further. I mean, they still don’t fully change my impression of Smith’s tenure here, but they do offer a few interesting points of comparison.

Bruce Smith started 54 games for the Redskins
Doug Williams started 14
Timmy Smith started 8
Rick “Doc” Walker started 53

Bruce Smith had 29 sacks in 4 years
Lavar Arrington had 23 sacks for his Redskins career

It is genuinely unbelievable to me that Doug Williams logged FORTY fewer games as a Redskin than Bruce Smith. I guess it just goes to show you that leading your team in the greatest quarter of football in human history on the biggest stage your sport has to offer makes a lot more of an impression than 40 more games in late-career pursuit of the sack record. Read more »

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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: Read more »

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