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Geno Smith proves 'it's never over'

Jets rookie doesn't deliver Hollywood pep talk, but finds way to beat Bucs in debut

Updated: September 8, 2013, 9:34 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith asked for just a little protection, just a little personal space, and he did it with 34 seconds left on his own 20-yard line, a time and place where this New York Jets opener was scheduled to die.

If he did summon the spirit of Yogi Berra ("It's never over," the quarterback told his offensive linemen), this pep talk wasn't to be confused with Joe Namath's guarantee, or with Joe Montana's ice-breaking request to his tense Super Bowl teammates to check ...

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