NFC East: Homer Jones

Giants WR Smith headed to Pro Bowl

January, 20, 2010
Giants wide receiver Steve Smith announced via Facebook on Wednesday that he has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. He's the first Giants receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Homer Jones in 1968.

"I wanna thank YOU my fans who i'm so appreciative for because i couldnt have gotten in with out your votes," Smith wrote on his Facebook page this morning.

He thanked most of his offensive teammates by name in the message. Giants left tackle David Diehl and right guard Chris Snee have already been added to the NFC roster. Center Shaun O'Hara was the only player on the team voted into the Pro Bowl.

I think Smith was by far the most deserving player on the team. Any disagreement?

And by the way, Jones averaged 22.3 yards per catch during his short career in the league. He went to two Pro Bowls with the Giants before he was eventually traded to Cleveland for running back Ron Johnson, who had two 1,000-yard seasons for New York.

Another note on Hayes

February, 2, 2009

Posted by's Matt Mosley

I don't agree with Peter King's stance against Bob Hayes' Hall of Fame credentials, but I do admire him for being open about his "secret ballot." I know at least one voter who was blackballed for revealing too many details from the voting meeting a couple of years ago, but it's obviously important to King to be transparent. Here's part of his explanation for not voting for Hayes:

"Though I didn't vote for Hayes, I understand his appeal and am happy for his family and for everyone who supported him; there were certainly a lot of passionate people for him," said King in Monday Morning Quarterback. "My opposition centered around the fact I never had it proven to me that he was a singular player in NFL history. Homer Jones has long since been forgotten, but compare his first five significant years to Hayes' first five significant ones (1965-69) and tell me how Hayes is a much better player."

When a player forces defensive coordinators to come up with completely new concepts, I think he qualifies as a "singular" player. But other than looking at his stats, I'm not familiar with Homer Jones' work. I've watched a lot of Hayes highlights over the years and I always saw him running away from defenders.