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- January 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm #50102whirledworldParticipantNewbieRank: Newbie
Very few serious NFL fans need to be reminded that Harrison Smith is underrated—although he was a pro bowl snub, by this point, even most casual fans
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- January 3, 2018 at 2:39 am #50103Josh
First time on the site. Awesome article and simplified analysis.
- January 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm #50104Chuck Ness
As I thought about your take on Smith, I was again struck by the lack of recognition he and other current and past great Vikings players seldom get, or ever got. A cursory look at the lack of Viking greats, who’s busts are still missing in Canton speak loudly of this glaring injustice. When I was younger, and I’ll willingly admit I am 61, and have been a fan since Bud Grant became the head coach, I used to wonder why the Vikings always got tagged as the team you don’t want to meet in the playoffs, but will probably beat if you do.
The years have made me realize that it has nothing to do with football, but everything to do with being the squeaky wheel. Something the greatest of the Vikings to be ignored never have been. Harry, “The Hit Man”, Smith is the prototypical great Viking that never toots his own horn, because he never makes himself known off the field. Like great men of old, Smith allows his work to speak for his worth.
This is something that used to be a virtue in America, allow the results to speak of your ability, not your mouth. Look at all the movies made about great men of war. Truth be told, most of them were not as great as the tens of thousands who left the proof of their greatness in the field of battle. Well that sounds good, and respectable, but in sports many great athletes have been forgotten because long after they retired, there was no one to remember what they did to be remembered for.
If 50% of the men in Canton never played for the team they did, or never mentioned their exploits after the final seconds ticked away, if they never won the championship, or if they played their whole career in a small market, then their records and feats would have been forgotten and never to be remembered outside the frigid hollows of the small market non-championship team they played for.
In today’s social media “Look At ME” society, more athletes have the ability to publicly pronounce their great feats for all to recognize, but it still takes an athlete who will spend the time and energy to do so. This begs the question of how much greater they would be if they spent as much energy proving their greatness on the field as they do in the media.
Which brings me back to Harrison Smith. Smith will never toot his horn, just as another great Viking named Smith never did. Running back Robert Smith was the same way when he played. Try to find a time when he entered the end zone after a 60 yard run and made a spectacle of reaching it? You can’t. It was as if he played for Bud Grant in the golden days. Who told his players to act like you been there before. Don’t toot your own horn, allow your play to speak for you. Thus so many Viking greats are the same, and will always be, remembered by us fans, but sadly not make it to Canton.
Your the greatest Harry, just as Jim Marshall was when he played. I just pray that times have changed enough that you can keep your humbleness and still be remembered and respected enough to make it to the halls of Canton one day. It will help if you guys can bring home the Lombardi Trophy for us all to have proof of how good you and your teammates truly are. However, just remember that I, and millions of Viking fans like me, will go to our grave remembering how great you truly are.
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