Geno Smith 'not gonna sit back and take all that criticism'

Quarterback Geno Smith from the University of West Virginia talks to children as he takes part in...

Quarterback Geno Smith from the University of West Virginia talks to children as he takes part in an NFL Play 60 Youth Football Clinic with top NFL Draft prospects ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft in New York City, April 24, 2013. The 2013 NFL Draft will be held at New York's Radio City Music Hall on April 25. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

NEW YORK - West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith fired back at his critics Wednesday.

A day before the entry draft, and shortly after the NFL’s morning event to encourage children to become more active, Smith actively defended his character during an open session with football writers.

Back on April 1 — no fooling — Pro Football Weekly’s senior editor Nolan Nawrocki crushed Smith’s character in a pre-draft story that seemed to open the door to more such speculation.

In addition to downgrading Smith’s on-field skills, Nawrocki wrote that the 22-year-old from Miramar, Fla., is “not a student of the game, (has) nonchalant field presence, does not command respect from teammates and cannot inspire. (He has) mild practice demeanour — no urgency. Not committed or focused — marginal work ethic.”

This week Smith finally had it with the personal attacks.


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