Wednesday, January 26, 2011

USA Today Recognizes Brad Smith on All-Joe Team

By Nate Davis, USA TODAY

The All-Joe team was born in 1992 as a tribute to Joe Phillips, a 14-year defensive lineman who did yeoman's work for the Kansas City Chiefs that season. His work in the trenches didn't lead to much glory … unless you point to the 29 combined sacks of Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith, Kansas City's fifth-ranked defense or the team's wild-card run. USA TODAY has honored the unsung Joes of the NFL ever since.

KR: Brad Smith, Jets —His 28.6-yard average on kickoffs ranked second in NFL but only begins to illustrate versatility. Made 14 special teams tackles.

USA Today also recognized Smith as the Jets MVP:

Who were the NFL's prime performers from the 2010 season? USA TODAY's Nate Davis reviews the team MVPs for all 32 clubs (based on regular-season performance only):

New York Jets: Returner Brad Smith. The latest in a long line of stellar Jets special-teamers, Smith's 28.6-yard kickoff return average paced the league among players with at least 25 returns. He scored on runbacks vs. the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, keying both New York victories. The versatile Smith, who played quarterback at Missouri, also completed two passes while running the Jets' version of the Wildcat. And he was third on the team with 299 rushing yards, caught four passes for 44 yards and contributed 14 special-teams tackles.

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