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Tim Smith And The Super Bowl

For most of you, Timmy Smith is probably known as the guy that works in your office in the copy room.  But THE Timmy Smith I’m talking about is far from just another guy at your work.

The Redskins running back had the single-greatest performance in Super Bowl history.  Smith set a Super Bowl record by rushing for 204 yards on 22 carries in the Redskins’ 42-10 rout of the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.  That record still stands to this day.

Smith went absolutely nuts in the second quarter – as he rushed for 122 yards on just five carries (including a 58-yard TD run) – helping Washington score a record 35 points in the period.

Smith came out of nowhere to become a Super Bowl hero.  The rookie had just 126 yards during the regular season but he still rushed for over 200 yards in a Super Bowl!  Smith was never heard from again as he ran for just 476 yards and three TD’s the rest of his career.  He played just 3 years in the NFL (1 more season with Washington and one with Dallas) before retiring in 1990 due to injuries.

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Unfortunately, Smith’s life after football wasn’t exactly a happy ending.  He was sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison in 2006 after pleading guilty to cocaine distribution.

But his rushing record still stands.  If the record can last for over 2 decades, it’s pretty damn good. Think about all of the great Super Bowl rushing performances (Marcus Allen, Emmitt Smith, Thurman Thomas) – he’s got more rushing yards in a game than any of those great players.

This isn’t about the best player in the Super Bowl – it’s about the best performance in one game! And Timmy Smith still has it!

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