The Other Steve Smith Nominated to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Maurice MotonFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2017

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01:  Steve Smith Sr. #89 of the Baltimore Ravens watches his team from the sidelines during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.The Bengals defeated the Ravens 27-10
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Everyone makes mistakes, but how could one confuse USC product Steve Smith, who played six seasons in the NFL, with "Mr. Ice Up, Son" Steve Smith Sr., who accumulated 14,731 receiving yards and 81 touchdowns through a 16-year career?

Well, that's what happened when some took a look at the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 nominee list, which was released Tuesday.

The lesser-known Smith, who played with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and then-St. Louis Rams received the nomination. By years, he's eligible, having been retired for at least five seasons, but his 2,641 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns say otherwise.

The earliest the former Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens wideout can be inducted is 2022. Sorry, less impressive Smith: It's not your time.

[Pro Football Hall of Fame]