‘My Tough Times Would Be A Dream To Someone Else’: Geno Smith Shares Inspiring Perspective About Serving As A Backup

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How can you not respect Geno Smith?

The Seattle Seahawks’ star quarterback (QB) answered a question Thursday regarding whether he was frustrated at all during his seven years serving as a backup QB, to which he replied “no,” adding, “My tough times would be a dream to someone else.”

His response was fabulous.

Smith has mostly played as a backup since 2015, after falling flat on his face as the starting QB for the New York Jets. Smith finally landed the opportunity to be a starter somewhere else in 2022, seven years later.

After beating out Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock during the preseason for the starting job, Smith has exceeded expectations and has had the season of a lifetime. (RELATED: Atlanta Falcons Bench Veteran QB Marcus Mariota)

Smith has played at an MVP-caliber level so far in 2022. He’s thrown for over 3,100 yards through the air and has tossed 22 passing touchdowns to just six interceptions, according to Pro Football Reference. Smith’s passing yardage and touchdown passes are both career highs for him.

And the most important stat of all is how his Seahawks are currently 7-5, which means they’re sitting pretty in the playoff picture.

If he doesn’t win MVP, Smith should be a shoo-in for the Comeback Player of the Year Award. If it weren’t for Smith’s excellence this season, who knows where the Seahawks would be in the standings right now.

Through determination and hard work, Smith has completely redeemed his career. Smith’s journey in the NFL has shaped him into one of the better quarterbacks there is in the league.