In case you were wondering, the caption for the above photo reads:
“Background: FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: The New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (#7) is consoled by New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (#2) on the sidelines after he threw a key interception late in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots take on the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.”
While New York Jets fans were patting themselves on the back for winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year (allegedly), Geno Smith was busy receiving pats on the back (metaphorically, mostly) for rightfully claiming Comeback Player of the Year. He came back from playing for the Jets, which is something that few (other than Chad Pennington) can claim.
Geno Smith in 2022:— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) February 10, 2023
• Starter for first time since 2014
• Quarterbacked #Seahawks to winning record, playoff berth
• set multiple franchise passing records
• 1st-time Pro Bowl nod
• Comeback Player of the Year
• Didn’t write back https://t.co/lxGNg3bxQe pic.twitter.com/MKSMl7mTpu
Seahawks twitter waiting for a NY media person to ask what Geno Smith came back from pic.twitter.com/8Z2R1zuWP3— Cameron (@Camorooni) February 10, 2023
I ain’t write back tho really set the tone from the jump— Offseason Looking Forward To-er (@JacsonBevens) February 10, 2023
An iconic moment from week 1. Hard not to be happy for Geno Smith, who was written off by everyone. pic.twitter.com/7PfVKAJ2yO— JPA (@jasrifootball) February 10, 2023
By evening's end, Geno Smith will have more career MVP votes than Russell Wilson— John Fraley (@johndavidfraley) February 10, 2023
Since 1980 there are just 5 seasons in which the Jets had a pro bowl QB.— Tanner Muse pilled (@wrongopinionman) February 10, 2023
Only 1 season since 2000.
Geno Smith is named the NFL comeback player of the year at the NFL Honors event at the Super Bowl.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) February 10, 2023
He set four single-season Seahawks passing records, broke three of Russell Wilson’s. Led league in completion rate. Earned the first Pro Bowl selection of his 10-year career.
Good for Geno, man. What a story.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) February 10, 2023
I don't remember the outrage when Ryan Tannehill won Comeback Player of the Year for the exact same reasons in 2019.— Mookie Alexander, Unofficially (@mookiealexander) February 10, 2023
Comeback Player of the Year voting. Geno Smith won by a pretty comfortable margin. https://t.co/Lial0vSv4L— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) February 10, 2023
Seahawks QB Geno Smith wins AP Comeback Player of the Year. That seemed like nearly a no-brainer. Smith went from a backup for the previous seven seasons to a Pro Bowler as Seattle’s starter.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) February 10, 2023
Forgotten after 7 years as a backup for 4 teams, admittedly almost being out of the league, Geno Smith wins NFL comeback player of the year award.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) February 10, 2023
He broke 3 of Russell Wilson's Seahawks passing records. Made his first Pro Bowl. Made his 1st playoff start https://t.co/t8nluvBojh
#Seahawks QB Geno Smith is the winner of the 2022 AP Comeback Player of the Year. Smith took over after Seattle traded Russell Wilson and led the NFL with a 69.8 completion percentage while throwing for 4,282 yards and 30 TDs. An incredible turnaround this late in a career.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 10, 2023
Geno Smith is the first Seahawks player or coach to win an NFL AP award in the entire Pete Carroll era.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) February 10, 2023
First Seahawks player to win an NFL AP award I believe since Shaun Alexander's 2005 MVP campaign.
you can write back now G— John Fraley (@johndavidfraley) February 10, 2023
If you put Garrett Wilson and Sauce Gardner on the Seahawks instead of Ken Walker and Tariq Woolen, Seattle doesn't make the playoffs this year.— Seahawk Nerd (@SeahawkNerd) February 10, 2023
NO. Why are we having this conversation as if we have a Geno Smith type instance every year. He was a complete outlier stop this https://t.co/noo4eOxJ1q— The Caveman (@lismannn) February 10, 2023
Geno Smith— John P Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) February 3, 2023
The sample size for his performance is more than just a single season.
Geno Smith's longest offered odds for Comeback Player of the Year were +6000 pic.twitter.com/k9AV3G8DLA— BetRivers Sportsbook (@BetRivers) February 10, 2023
Stop. Geno Smith basically didn’t play for 8 years and did what he did. He was the most deserving.— David Vainchenker (@DVainchenker) February 10, 2023
Geno Smith was counted out, written off, doubted, in every sense of those words.— Life-Long Chiefs Bandwagon (@FireSpags) February 10, 2023
It’s not just an injury-based award.
It’s not a contest for who faced tougher adversity.
Y’all find a way complain about anybody succeeding
Also... he got an MVP vote. Which is a first for a Seattle Seahawks quarterback. Ever.
When do we get to the Geno Smith MVP vote?— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) February 10, 2023
AP NFL MVP voting breakdown:— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) February 10, 2023
10 points for 1; 5 points for 2; 3 for 3; 2 for 4; 1 for 5.
1. Patrick Mahomes - 48
2. Jalen Hurts - 1
3. Josh Allen - 1 pic.twitter.com/agBtDW2XGr
Geno Smith (1) has received more MVP votes in his 1 season starting with Seahawks than Russell Wilson (0) did in 10 seasons— kenz (@mackenzi_dugan) February 10, 2023
There’s no denying that he is him pic.twitter.com/x8EhZkdbVh
Geno Smith got one fifth-place vote for MVP, making him the first Seahawks QB ever to receive an MVP vote. (This is first year voters picked 2nd thru 5th place)— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) February 10, 2023
GENO SMITH HAS MORE MVP VOTES THAN RUSS HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA— ShowMeBaseball (@ShowMeBaseball) February 10, 2023
Geno Smith officially has more Career MVP votes than Russell Carrington Wilson https://t.co/NXP2TeBrtK— Camden MacLaren ️⚧️ (@Prose_Edda) February 10, 2023
Of course, there were the haters... turns out there are a lot of 49ers fans in there.
The #49ers lost out on Comeback Player of the Year awards twice in recent memory.— Nick Newman (@NinerNick_22) February 10, 2023
Jimmy Garoppolo (ACL) placed second to Ryan Tannehill, who came back from being benched.
CMC missed 10 games last year and placed to second to Geno Smith, who came back from an abysmal career.
Brandon Graham: Came back from a torn Achilles and had 11 sacks, a career-high at 34 years old.— Brenden Deeg (@BrendenDeeg_) February 10, 2023
Geno Smith: No one knows what he came back from.
Geno Smith can't really come back if he was just shitty before going to Seattle— Scott Folk (@hsfolk) February 10, 2023
One of the funniest NFL stories in a long time comes to a fitting end: Geno Smith coming back from being a bad NFL QB to being an above average NFL QB https://t.co/CLoDeFPiZh— Brady Hicks (@BradyHicks44) February 10, 2023
@saquon is comeback player of the year….Geno Smith stole that thing mannnn ♂️— ScorpioKing (@Duh_Renz) February 10, 2023
But we all know the real story. Geno Smith played some amazing football last season, and people noticed.