You might not know who Lamar Smith is.
That's all right. Most Dolphins fans don't either, despite the fact that he actually turned in the greatest performance by a Dolphins running back in the postseason.
Yes, better than Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris.
Better than Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown (both only played in one playoff game as a Dolphin).
How great was this performance? Smith, a running back the Dolphins signed after he was let go by the Saints in favor of Ricky Williams (yes, there's some irony considering the Dolphins let him go under the exact same circumstance after the 2001 season), practically carried the Dolphins offense on Dec. 30, 2000.
He ran for more yards (209) than Jay Fiedler passed for (185). Smith also ran for more yards than Peyton Manning passed for in that game (194). He actually had more rushing attempts than both Fiedler and Manning had passing attempts (Smith ran the ball 40 times, Manning passed the ball 32 times, and Fiedler passed the ball 34 times).
Smith's 40 attempts are also an all-time playoff record, and his 209 yards are second all-time among rushing yards in a single playoff game.
Smith also ran for two touchdowns, but the important one came in overtime when he scored the game-clinching 17-yard touchdown run.
It's hard to believe that in a game that featured Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James, Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas on the field, Lamar Smith turned out to be the game's MVP.
His production would lead the Dolphins to a 23-17 upset victory over Indianapolis and into the divisional round.