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April 26, 2013
New York - Tabbed as the top quarterback of the 2013 NFL Draft, former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith waited in the green room at Radio City Music Hall Thursday Night only not to be selected.
"It was a test of patience," said Smith, "To be there with my mom, my family and on her birthday it was great. It was a blessing to be here in Radio City Music Hall, I appreciated all of the festivities and was blessed to take part in it."
After that night of patience from Smith, tonight in second round and with the thirty-ninth overall pick the New York Jets selected Geno Smith. The past few seasons have seen the Jets' quarterback has been in flux between Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy. Smith is expected to come into the Big Apple and at least compete for the starting job.
"I'm a selfless guy, whatever my role on the team is, I'll accept," said Smith, "But, I'm going to come in and compete from day one and try to be a competitor day in and day out."
Smith met with New York Jets personnel multiple times. The Jets worked out Smith privately in Florham Park in addition to visiting with Smith in Morgantown. Those two meetings let to a strong bond between Smith and new Jets General Manager John Idzik as well as Head Coach Rex Ryan.
"John Idzik called me and I was also able to talk to Rex Ryan, Coach Marty Mornhinweg," said Smith, "I'm ready to get to work."
At West Virginia, Geno Smith shattered school record books throwing for 4205 yards and 42 touchdowns during his senior, and one a BCS bowl game while becoming a fan favorite in Morgantown. Although those accomplishments are significant to Smith, he feels being selected by the New York Jets is his proudest moment.
"It was a once in a life time moment, I can't even explain it. I've done so many things in my life but I don't think any of it amounts to what I just experienced. I'm proud to be a Jet," said Smith.
Certainly expected to be under heavy scrutiny in New York, Smith knows he'll be watched by just about everyone. New York Jets will open next week.
"That's the NFL and the position of quarterback and I've played this position all my life so I understand that it comes with the territory," Smith added.
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