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Geno Smith Gets Emotional, Proclaims He’s ‘Excited About Future’ with Seahawks
Few athletes can put things into perspective quite like Geno Smith.
After being eliminated in Saturday’s NFC Wild Card Round game to the San Francisco 49ers, Smith was full of sound bites and inspiration about the future during his postgame press conference.
For starters, Smith all but confirmed the report prior to the game kicking off that he will be re-signing with the Seahawks. “I’m excited about the future. I know we can be a lot better…I’m in it for the long haul. I’m ready to go,” said Smith.
"I'm excited about the future. I know we can be a lot better…I'm in it for the long haul. I'm ready to go."#GoHawks x @GenoSmith3 pic.twitter.com/dyI8EqT9pY
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 15, 2023
It may have taken him a long time to reclaim a full-time starting quarterback role, but Smith made the most out of his 2022 opportunity and then some. The West Virginia product put together a Pro Bowl season that reached historical levels for efficiency and got the Seahawks back in the playoffs. He now clearly believes he and his team can take it to another level in 2023 and beyond.
There’s one main reason Smith offered to wanting to return to Seattle rather than test the market with his value the highest it’s been since coming out of WVU a decade ago. Smith feels he’s owes the franchise more time and wants to run it back with the group that believed in him when no one else did.
“I was a guy who probably could’ve been out of the league, and I want to repay them for that,” said Smith with emotion.
Geno Smith gets emotional when talking about ending his career in Seattle. "I was a guy who probably could've been out of the league, and I want to repay them for that." pic.twitter.com/Zc2rfjgeZ1
— Alyssa Charlston (@Alyssacharlston) January 15, 2023
Even though his postseason is over, Smith’s magical year of football is not entirely over just yet. Next up for Smith is an appearance in the NFL Pro Bowl, maybe claiming an individual award and then it’s all about working towards next season in Seattle.