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New York Giants News, 9/13: Did HOF Nominate Ex-Giant Steve Smith By Mistake?

It would certainly seem that way

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Steve Smith of the Giants runs with the ball.
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The inclusion of former New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith on the list of 108 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 has set off a torrent of debate. Did the Hall of Fame actually nominate the wrong Steve Smith? Did they think they were nominating the recently-retired Steve Smith Sr., who is is worthy but not yet eligible?

This photo of nominees might lead you to believe that is the case.

Former Giant Steve Smith had a nice career with 245 catches, including 107 in 2009. He is not, however, close to being Hall of Fame worthy. Steve Smith Sr., with 1,031 career receptions for more than 14,000 yards, is.

Here is some of the reaction:

The 'other' Steve Smith was nominated for the Hall of Fame, and it's probably a mistake - Baltimore Sun
Chalk it up to a case of mistaken identity.

Steve Smith is a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee! No, not that Steve Smith... - Baltimore Beatdown
Steve Smith is officially a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee. Wait, no, not that Steve Smith. Not the former Baltimore Raven and Carolina Panther. The former New York Giant Steve Smith.

Hall of confusion: The ‘other’ WR named Steve Smith is a nominee for enshrinement - The Washington Post
Presumably, the Hall of Fame was thinking of the former Panthers and Ravens star, not the guy who had one 1,000-yard season in a six-year career with the Giants, Eagles and Rams.

NFL: Why was Steve Smith nominated to Hall of Fame? |
... the other Steve Smith could plausibly be the most underqualified nominee in Pro Football Hall of Fame history.

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Geno Smith isn’t backing up Craig Carton.

“Same guy who was calling me a thug on some lame radio station was running a Ponzi scheme?? Funny how life works, can’t believe these fools!” he tweeted.

Minutes later he added: “Throwing rocks and try to hide their hands ... The universe has an amazing sense of humor!”