After a Hall of Fame-level career, Jimmy Smith is finally starting to get some of the recognition he deserves, starting with his induction into the Jacksonville Jaguars elite circle.
If you’re making a list of the 5 greatest players in Jacksonville Jaguars history, Jimmy Smith would undoubtedly make the cut. One of the few players to don the Black and Teal for a decade or more, Smith is arguably a Hall of Famer and definitely one of the best wide receivers of his generation.
While it will take a while for Smith to legitimately start getting into the conversation for the Hall of Fame, we no longer have to wonder when or if he’ll get into the Pride of the Jaguars.
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There was a lot of speculation that Smith would be inducted into the Jaguars’ version of the Hall of Fame with fellow contemporary receiving great
, but Smith will get his own day of recognition. Thunder and Lightning were the heart and soul of the Jaguars early playoff runs in the late 90s, but Smith is just on another level in terms of talent and production compared to McCardell.
Smith is an all-time great receiver and that’s not just some hyperbole coming from a homer – Chase Stuart of Football Perspective did an analytics based ranking of the best receivers of all time and Smith came in at 12. Stuart thinks Smith’s absence from the Hall of Fame is a travesty:
"But that’s only because he’s tragically underrated. If you take a normative view of how the Hall of Fame should operate, then the lack of traction Smith’s case has made is downright appalling."
Smith might get in one day (hopefully Tony Boselli does as well) but for now he’s going to have to settle for being one of the most beloved and decorated players in franchise history.