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Seahawks QB Geno Smith Named NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year
Geno Smith’s 2022 season serves as one big response to anyone who has ever doubted him and now has a major trophy to cap it off once and for all. Smith has officially been named NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was announced the winner of the prestigious award during the NFL Honors show on Thursday night. He earned the award after leading the Seahawks to an improbable postseason appearance and putting together an historic season despite having not served as a full-tie starter since 2014. Smith has also claimed other Comeback Player of the Year type titles for his season, but this one, which is handed out annually by the Associated Press, is the one recognized by the NFL.
STILL NOT WRITING BACK. @GenoSmith3 | #NFLHonors pic.twitter.com/ShC47ylj2s
— NFL (@NFL) February 10, 2023
Just last week, Smith participated in his first Pro Bowl, throwing five touchdown passes for Team NFC in the first flag football game of the Pro Bowl Games series format.
Watch: Geno Smith Leads NFC to Win in Pro Bowl’s Flag Football Game
Smith threw for 4,282 yards with 30 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. He completed a league-leading 69.8% of his passes, posted an 100.9 rating overall and also ran for 366 yards and scored a touchdown on the ground.
At one point, Smith’s season reached historic levels in terms of efficiency, tying an NFL record for the most consecutive games completing at least 60% of his passes and doing it with an 80 or better rating. The only other quarterbacks to ever be that consistent efficient wise for as many games in a row in one season are Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.
While in Las Vegas at the Pro Bowl, Smith put his season into perspective during a chat with our Mike Asti.