Geno Smith finally decided to write back

Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in overtime at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.
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When the Seattle Seahawks traded away franchise pillar Russell Wilson last off-season, many dismissed them as a team that, in their eyes, would miss the playoffs in 2022.

The Seahawks handed over their starting quarterback duties to Geno Smith, a man who had been seen as nothing more than a good backup over the years since he hadn’t been a full-time starter since 2014.

But Smith had a dream season, leading the NFL with a 69.8 percent completion rate while throwing for 4,282 yards and 30 touchdowns.

As a result, the Seahawks started 6–3, finished with nine wins, and made the playoffs.

At one point, Smith made the meme-worthy remark, “He wrote to me though I wouldn’t write back.”

But he “wrote back,” as the passage appeared in The Players’ Tribune, and it’s inspiring, because it reveals his winning mindset.

Smith was a second-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 2013, and he immediately replaced Mark Sanchez as their starting QB.

But in his first two seasons, he threw more interceptions than touchdown passes, and he fractured his jaw during training camp in 2015, resulting in him losing his starting job.

He began bouncing around the league afterward, and he served as Wilson’s backup in Seattle in 2020 and 2021.

There was no reason to believe that Smith was going to have anything close to a 2022 season, but he proved everyone wrong.

Now, he has been rewarded with a three-year deal, and if he repeats his 2022 production next season, his comeback story will soar to new heights.

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