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Steve Smith

Smith during the Giants victory rally at Giants Stadium after Super Bowl XLII.
No. 12     New York Giants
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: May 6, 1985 (1985-05-06) (age 24)
Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Debuted in 2007 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     172
Receiving Yards     1,857
Receiving TDs     8
Stats at NFL.com

Steve Smith (born May 6, 1985, in Anchorage, Alaska) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at USC.

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Early years

Smith played at Taft High School in the San Fernando Valley, where he set the state record for most receptions in a varsity career and led the Toreadors to two consecutive Los Angeles City Section Championship games. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with several of his USC Trojan teammates including Reggie Bush, LenDale White, and Sam Baker. He also played high school basketball and was a teammate with current Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar.

College career

Smith (#2) in the huddle during a 2006 game.

Smith was one of the top two wide receivers by yardage at the University of Southern California. He was on the Maxwell Award 2006 watch list for the best player in college football and was named to the 2006 All Pac-10 team First Team[1] and to the 2006 All Pac-10 Second Team by rivals.com. Smith was named honorable mention on the SI.com All-American team and First-team All-American by CBS Sportsline. Smith was voted team MVP in 2006 by teammates of his 4th ranked Trojans team. Smith caught three touchdown passes from Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart in USC's 55-19 national championship/Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma.

Professional career

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New York Giants

Smith was drafted in the second round (51st overall) by the New York Giants in the 2007 NFL Draft. His jersey number is currently 12. Smith only played in 5 games in the 2007 regular season (Weeks 1, 2, 15, 16, 17), recording 8 catches for 63 yards and zero touchdowns. However, after returning from a shoulder and hamstring injury, Smith turned in an outstanding postseason as he became a reliable third down receiver for quarterback Eli Manning. He made two big catches at the end of the first half in Dallas, which setup a game-tying touchdown and caught five passes in Super Bowl XLII, including four on third down. Smith and the Giants prevailed over the New England Patriots 17-14. In the 2008 regular season, Smith became one of Manning's favorite targets, and not just on 3rd down as Smith led the Giants in receptions over Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress, who both started over Smith. Smith helped the Giants win the NFC East division.[2]

In the 2009 season, with the Giants' loss of Burress and Toomer, Smith and Domenik Hixon were named the starting wideouts. Smith opened the season explosively, and by the end of week 4, Smith led the NFL in receptions (34), receiving yards (411), and touchdown receptions (4).

In week 15, in a game against the Redskins, Smith broke the Giants franchise record for most receptions in a single season, also becoming the first Giants receiver in history to make 90 catches in one season.

Smith was selected as an alternate in the 2010 Pro Bowl. He later replaced Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the 2010 Pro Bowl roster after Fitzgerald withdrew with an injury.

He has been teammates with cornerback Terrell Thomas excluding 2007-2008 since their freshman year at USC in 2003. Thomas stayed at USC and Smith went pro during that year.

Career receiving statistics

Year Team Games Rec Yards Y/R TDs
2007 New York Giants 5 8 63 7.9 0
2008 New York Giants 16 57 574 10.1 1
2009 New York Giants 16 107 1220 11.4 7
Total - 37 172 1857 11.1 8

Personal

Smith's brother, Malcolm Smith, plays linebacker for the USC Trojans. According to his bio page from the NY Giants, Steve was a Public Policy/Management and Planning major at USC. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska[3], raised in Woodland Hills, California and Canoga Park, California, but currently resides in Clifton, New Jersey.[citation needed]

Steve Smith was robbed at gunpoint on November 25, 2008 after arriving home, according to Clifton, N.J., police. Smith had just returned to his house when he was approached from behind by man who put a gun to Smith's head, Clifton police Capt. Robert Rowan said. "He said to him, 'Give me everything you got,' and Mr. Smith turned over his jewelry and money and cell phone," Rowan said Tuesday. Steve Smith suffered no injuries and the investigation is ongoing.

References

  1. ^ The awards are voted on by Pac-10 coaches. 2006 All Pac-10 team, scout.com, November 27, 2006.
  2. ^ NY Giants 17, New England 14: Box Score, ESPN.com
  3. ^ Did You Know? WR Steve Smith, Giants.com

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