Geno Smith is an American football player who plays quarterback for the National Football League Seattle Seahawks (NFL). During college, he played football at West Virginia; Geno led the Mountaineers to several bowl games, breaking multiple passing records and garnering numerous awards before he got drafted by the New York Jets in the 2013 NFL Draft second round. After two inconsistent seasons, Geno lost his starting position due to injuries; Geno starred as the Jets’ quarterback. He has spent the most time as the backup for the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, and Seattle Seahawks before making a career resurgence in 2022 as the Seahawks’ starting quarterback.
As a junior at West Virginia, Geno threw for 401 yards in the Orange Bowl and broke Tom Brady‘s 11-year-old record of 396.
Geno Smith Hot Start In 2022 !
Geno Smith’s hot start in the 2022 season surprised everyone. He has helped Seattle Seahawks to start as it is at the top of the NFC (West standings) ahead of the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, and the Arizona Cardinals for defending Super Bowl champion.
After trading quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks had one of the lowest records in the league ahead of the season, and now they are setting themselves up for a possible playoff slot. Geno is a big reason the team is succeeding.
He has thrown for 1,712 yards with 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions so far, a 107.7 QB rating, to date, the best of his nine-year career. Geno’s second-best QB rating came last year when he replaced the injured Wilson.
With most of the NFL shocked that Geno is playing so well, he explained that even the legends struggle at the beginning of their careers.
Geno mentioned to Peter King that he knows to play a lot better and has high expectations of himself, even though his most accurate quarterback in the league is currently with a 73.5 completion percentage.
The Seahawks are running to win against the Los Angeles Chargers. They will extend their win streak to 3 games next week when they host the 6-1 New York Giants.
Geno Smith Early Life:
Geno was born on 10th October 1990, in Lakemont, Georgia. His birth name is Eugene Cyril “Geno” Smith III, and his nickname is Geno, which he got from his grandfather, nicknamed “Big Geno.” Geno is a Christian and has a Mixed (African-American) ethnicity. In fifth grade, Geno won an oratorical contest for reciting Langston Hughes poems.
Geno Smith Family Background:
Geno was born to Eugene Smith Jr. and Tracy Seller. He has a younger brother, Geonte, who grew up in Florida.
Further, Danny Smith (his great-uncle) was a record-breaking All-American hurdler at Florida State, and in the mid-1980s, one of his cousins, Melvin Bratton, was a star running back at Miami.
Geno Smith Education:
Geno was enrolled in Norland Middle School’s magnet program, which had a program of two hours per day of arts instruction. Further, he attended Miramar High School and was coached by former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell. As a junior, Geno passed for 2,200 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions, and was also named second-team all-state quarterback and, in 2007, second-team all-Broward County as an athlete. After his junior year, Geno was invited to the renowned Elite 11 quarterback camp in California.
During Geno’s senior season, with his performance, he was a first-team all-state selection in Florida and also a Parade All-American. He finished his college career as the third-best passer in the history of Broward County. Geno was named to the ESPN Top 150 prospects list and attended West Virginia over offers from South Florida, Florida State, Alabama, and Boston College. Geno attended West Virginia University, where he played from 2009 to 2012 for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team.
Geno Smith Physical stats:
Geno has fit and athletic physics; he stands 6 ft 3 in tall and weighs around 100kg. Further, he has black eyes and short black hair.
Geno Smith Birth Signs:
Geno was born on Wednesday, and as of now, he is 32 years old. Geno’s sun and star sign are Libra. Further, his birth flower is Calendula, and his birth sign duality is Assertive.
Geno Smith Net worth:
Geno is an American football player whose estimated net worth is $2 million. He is the best-known quarterback for the New York Jets.
Geno Smith Relationship Status:
On 20th July 2015, Geno married Hayley Eastham; the couple did not yield to the birth of any child. However, Geno has attained fatherhood status from his other relationship with Destani. Their relationship gave birth to a son, Seven Santana Smith. Further, since he was already married, Geno and Seven’s mother are co-parenting to raise their son.
On 21st December 2021, Geno posted a picture with his son. In its caption, he mentioned that Seven meant the world to him.
Geno Smith Career:
Geno got an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, and his performance was appreciated. He was considered one of the top prospects. During those days leading up to the draft, many NFL teams expressed interest in him, including the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Buffalo Bills, and the New York Jets.
Though Geno was on the list for the first draft round, he was not selected. He declined to be interviewed by ESPN; he planned to return home and then decided to attend on the draft’s second day. The following day, the Jets selected Geno with the 39th overall pick.
On 22nd May 2013, Geno signed with Roc Nation Sports, with Kimberley Miale serving as his representative. He signed a four-year contract on 22nd July 2013 worth $5 million with around $690,000 in workout bonuses.
On 9th August 2013, Geno made his professional debut in the first preseason game against the Detroit Lions. He completed 6-of-7 passes for 47 yards and left the game due to an injury. Later, on 11th August, he returned to practice. Geno faced the New York Giants. He was named the team’s starting quarterback on 4th September after Sanchez suffered an injury against the Giants.
Later his regular season started against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He faced the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills, the Tennessee Titans, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Atlanta Falcons, the Cincinnati Bengals, the New Orleans Saints, the Raiders, and the Carolina Panthers. Geno became the first rookie quarterback in franchise history to throw more than 300 yards in a game. Later, for his performance, he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week (5th) and the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. Geno completed his rookie season with 12 touchdowns, 3,046 yards, and 21 interceptions.
On 22nd August 2014, he was named the starter for the 2014 season. 2014 season, Geno finished the season with 13 touchdowns, 2,525 passing yards, and 13 interceptions in 14 games, including 13 starts.
On 11th August 2015, Geno suffered a fractured jaw after a player, Enemkpali, punched him in the face during a fight. Two days later, Geno underwent surgery on his fractured jaw. On 1st November 2015, he entered the Jets’ game against the Oakland Raiders instead of Fitzpatrick, who injured his thumb. Geno threw 42 passing attempts, with 27 completions, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception in the 20–34 loss. This match was his only appeared game in 2015.
When Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets, Geno remained in the backup role for the 2016 season. In Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals, he relieved Ryan for the first time in the 2016 season. Two days later, in place of Ryan, Geno was named as the starter for the following game. Making a start in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens, he had 95 passing yards until he left the game with an apparent knee injury. The following day, it was revealed that Geno had a torn ACL, and on 26th October 2016, he was placed on injured reserve.
On 28th March 2017, Geno signed with the New York Giants, and on 5th November 2017, during Week 9, he came into the game as a backup for Eli Manning in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams. He finished with only 2 incomplete passes, and the Giants lost 17–51.
On 28th November 2017, the Giants named Geno the starter for the game against the Oakland Raiders. The start made him the first black quarterback for the Giants and the first for both the Giants and the Jets, which meant that every NFL team had a starter black player at quarterback, and the Giants were the last to do so. Geno’s first start with the Giants on 3rd December 2017, against the Raiders, he finished with 212 passing yards and 1 touchdown; the Giants lost, 17–24. On 5th December Manning was renamed the starter.
On 1st April 2018, Geno signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. In Week 6, he made his first appearance with the team, completing 1 pass for 8 yards and the Chargers won 38–14 over the Cleveland Browns. Overall, Smith appeared in relief roles in 5 games in the 2018 season.
On 15th May 2019, Geno signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He competed for the backup job behind Russell Wilson with Paxton Lynch. He was released on 31st August 2019, along with Lynch; later was re-signed the next day, earning the backup position. Geno did not appear in any game during his first season with the team.
On 20th May 2020, he re-signed with the Seahawks; on 22nd April 2021, Geno re-signed with the team. He appeared in Week 14, with a 40–3 win over the New York Jets, and for 33 yards, leading the team to a field goal on the second of his 2 drives.
Geno appeared first for the 2021 season in Week 5 as Russell Wilson left the game with an injury against the Los Angeles Rams. Geno finished with 131 passing yards, a touchdown (his first since 2017), and an interception; the Seahawks lost 17–26.
Further, he was announced as the starter after Wilson was placed on injured reserve. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6, Geno threw for 209 yards and a touchdown in the 20–23 loss. During Week 8, Geno led the team to a 31–7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars; he threw 195 yards and 2 touchdowns. Geno passed for 702 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception, and a 103.0 QB rating before Russell’s return in Week 10.
On 19th April 2022, The Seahawks re-signed Geno, but NFL disapproved the new contract on the same day, as they conducted the league’s mandatory review. Later, on 26th August 2022, he was announced as the starting quarterback for the Seahawk’s Week 1 matchup against the Denver Broncos, as the team’s former QB Russell Wilson got traded during the offseason. In Week 1 against the Broncos, Geno completed 23 of 28 passes for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Seahawks won 17–16. In Week 4, he threw for 320 yards, 2 touchdowns, 49 rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown against the Detroit Lions, leading the Seahawks to a 48–45 win. Geno won NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Geno Smith Social Appearance:
Geno is on Instagram and Twitter with more than 145K and 95K followers, respectively. Besides being on the ground, he also makes time to share his personal and professional life with his fans through these accounts.