Geno Smith Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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1Before he was backing up — and eventually starting in place of — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Geno Smith was the starter for the New York Jets.

His tenure with the Jets didn’t end on a high note, years after former head coach Rex Ryan was canned. Ahead of his start for the Giants (a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday), his former head coach took some unsolicited shots:

That led to this interaction:

Smith was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, when he led the Jets to an 8-8 record in 16 starts. He started 13 games the next season, ending the year with a 3-10 record as Ryan was shown the door. Smith would start just three additional games before his Jets exit.

On Sunday, Smith threw for 212 yards and a touchdown. He also fumbled the ball twice in the loss.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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