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Steve Smith - 2009 Hope D Johnson BBI Giant of the Year

rnargi : 4/5/2010 4:10 pm
Congratulations to Steve Smith, BBI Giant of the Year!

First, Eric, Gary, Tim (nittmo), and I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported this effort. This year came down to two candidates and the result was in doubt all week.

In the end, however, wide receiver Steve Smith edged out quarterback Eli Manning to win the award. Of a total of 787 votes cast by registered and confirmed members of the site, Smith received 389 votes and Manning received 330 votes. Others receiving votes were Terrell Thomas (17), Kevin Boss (16); Tom Coughlin (12); Hakeem Nicks (6); David Diehl (6); Chris Snee (5); Shaun O’Hara (3); and Mathias Kiwanuka (3).

Steve has reached out to BBI and provided a statement that I want to share here:

“In our game, individual recognition is the result of teamwork. I am humbled that BBI has chosen me as its Giant of the Year, but I wouldn’t even be a candidate if it weren’t for our entire offense, especially Eli. So I am thankful, and I am honored to be the first recipient after the award has been re-named in the memory of Hope, whose spirit and passion for the Giants embodied what being a Giants fan and being a member of BBI is all about. Hope was a great ambassador for the Giants, and it’s fitting this award should be in her name.”

Again, thank you to Gary for setting up the poll and keeping this years' vote to registered and verified members of the Corner Forum; to Tim for coordinating with the Giants throughout, and to Eric because it's his site and I have to thank him (grin!)

Most of all, thanks to all of you.
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I voted for McNabb  
PatersonPlank : 4/5/2010 7:10 pm : link
and the BBI jinx worked!
when we need it!!!  
BCD : 4/5/2010 7:26 pm : link
1st DOWN!!!!steve smith!!!
Steve "First down"  
SanFranGiantsFan : 4/5/2010 7:38 pm : link
What a classy statement.  
yatqb : 4/5/2010 8:01 pm : link
Steve is a great Giant.
rnargi, Eric  
gmen4ever : 4/5/2010 8:20 pm : link
Thank you for doing this. I agree with Steve being the winner!
Steve Smith was deserving  
eclipz928 : 4/5/2010 9:06 pm : link
but I think even Steve thinks Eli should have won it...
Steve Smith had a great year  
sharkly : 4/5/2010 11:17 pm : link
But Eli the QB has been the key player and MVP since he has been the fulltime starter.
Steve Smith is all class  
FilmGiant : 4/5/2010 11:30 pm : link
all the time. Great choice.
Eli should've won  
Anakim : 4/5/2010 11:38 pm : link
I'm sorry but he really should've...
Mike in Long Beach : 4/5/2010 11:39 pm : link
Good work everyone! The RIGHT MAN WON.
Congrats to Steve,  
BlueLou : 4/5/2010 11:42 pm : link
on his record setting season. A new standard of excellence for the Giants WRs.
GMenLTS : 4/6/2010 12:12 am : link
If this  
GeneInOC : 4/6/2010 12:33 am : link
"trophy" wasn't jinxed, Eli would have won in a landslide.
LTS - Ha! No my friend,  
BlueLou : 4/6/2010 12:41 am : link
Steve Smith's all time Giant WR receptions record has been vindicated.

Eli was deserving, but Smith moreso.
Anakim : 4/6/2010 12:41 am : link
If that's the case, then there's truly been a mistake and Margi, Eric and the rest need to reconsider giving it to Smith and give it to the player who truly deserves it.
BlueLou : 4/6/2010 12:43 am : link
give it up pal. Shalom.
GMenLTS : 4/6/2010 12:44 am : link
it was like choosing between two threesomes for me:

I pretty much called this kind of season from SS and I just love that guy, and I'm one of the biggest Eli fanboys here.

Biel/Fox or Aniston/Marisa Miller

There was no wrong answer. I win either way
Good thing  
Dave in MD : 4/6/2010 12:47 am : link
we have depth at WR.
LTS - hell I'd be happy with either of those pairs too.  
BlueLou : 4/6/2010 12:51 am : link
But would way prefer Biel/Fox.

Actually I'd prefer Alba one on one to either pair... though Miller does have a great pair all by herself.
To go with the "death" at WR we anticipate after handing  
BlueLou : 4/6/2010 12:52 am : link
Stevie the trophy?
GMenLTS : 4/6/2010 12:55 am : link
and now you see my conundrum in the voting...

I'd settle for all of em?
Congratulations to Steve Smith  
gidiefor : Mod : 4/6/2010 7:34 am : link
This is a well deserved accolade and he is a true Giant!!
Congrats to Steve Smith...  
M.S. : 4/6/2010 8:25 am : link
...loved this guy from his first year with the team. He looked like a 10-year vet even back then as a rookie.

I personally voted for Eli because he was the one doing the pitching...

...but either choice would have been fine.

Congrats again to Steve Smith.
Nice statement by Smith...  
rptl530 : 4/6/2010 9:04 am : link
now let's put this whole jinx thing to bed.
Christ Anak...  
BigBlueBrethren : 4/6/2010 9:24 am : link
you come across as very whiney in a little kid type way over what amounts to an insignificant award from a fan website.
Love Steve  
tito wooten : 4/6/2010 9:27 am : link
but I honestly don't know what Eli could have done to win this award. Meh.
Jints in Carolina : 4/6/2010 10:50 am : link
I love Steve Smith!
Jints in Carolina : 4/6/2010 10:52 am : link
anything that bears HopeJ's name is not insignificant.
Carl in CT : 4/6/2010 11:26 am : link
I guess I don't know shit! I'm one of the 5 who voted for Snee!!!!!
i voted for David  
CardinalX : 4/6/2010 11:32 am : link

So, how many DUPES got outed???
BigBlueBrethren : 4/6/2010 11:49 am : link
No disrespect intended, and not the point I was trying to make. It's just not something worth a ton of energy getting upset about IMO, it makes Nak look like a butthurt fanboy.
Guys, redo  
David in LA : 4/6/2010 11:58 am : link
Anak's guy didn't win. So let's throw away all the votes tallied on the account of one whiny kid.
Congrats Steve  
SwirlingEddie : 4/6/2010 12:02 pm : link
and a big thank you to the gentlemen (and Rob) who handled this year's voting. Thanks guys!
Well Done  
Dragon : 4/6/2010 12:46 pm : link
G-Men, Steve Smith has arrived.
Is Anak serious with that whining?  
Davisian : 4/6/2010 12:59 pm : link
I voted Eli, but I can easily see why Smith very much earned the award.

Steve Smith REAL Statement Was…  
Jim in Tampa : 4/6/2010 1:04 pm : link
“WTF is a BBI?”


Actually, not to be cynical, but I agree (at least in part) with UpTheGut, in that this statement was largely crafted by the Giant’s PR Dept. and/or Smith’s agent.

As a marketing consultant I do the same type of thing when interviewing my client’s customers to get testimonials and endorsements for my client’s businesses. It’s a necessary evil because most people don’t give usable quotes. If you used “word-for-word” what they REALLY said, it would make everybody look bad.

So a PR/Marketing guy takes some of the words and the hopefully the sentiments of the interviewee (like Steve Smith) and rewrites their “quote” to make it sound better. Then they get the interviewee to sign off on the final version of the quote.

The end result in this case is a well-crafted quote that makes Steve Smith and the Giants look good and a fan website (BBI) that feels good about their award and their support of the team.

Everybody wins.
Davisian : 4/6/2010 1:21 pm : link
Of course it probably (definitely) went through Hanlon and/or Smith's agent, but Smith has been accessible to the fans for a long time. Especially once he started his facebook page. One read through that and you can see that the released statement is not far from how he interacts with the fans.

This was not the first time he heard of BBI.
David in LA : 4/6/2010 1:33 pm : link
I can't wait for Mario Manningham to win it next year only to see his crafted statement lol.
Jim--as someone who also has an extensive background  
nittmo : 4/6/2010 2:26 pm : link
in media, I assure you I know all about the crafting of a quote for a client. The point I took issue with was upthegut's assertion that Smith probably didn't even know he had won the award or that a quote had been released on his behalf. Having been involved in the process, I can tell you that was not the case.
Congrats Steve Smith  
demandexcellence : 4/6/2010 3:02 pm : link
Well deserved accomplishment! The curse where every Giant WR who wins this award ends up shooting themself stops here.
David in LA...  
BlueLou : 4/6/2010 11:15 pm : link
"I can't wait for Mario Manningham to win it next year only to see his crafted statement..."

Now [i[that[/i] is FUNNY!
Screwed up the italics.  
BlueLou : 4/6/2010 11:16 pm : link
Now [i]THAT[/] is FUNNY!
BlueLou : 4/6/2010 11:17 pm : link
newjacksm : 4/7/2010 12:16 am : link
It was a poll of the fans and voices(Plural see?) I am glad you expressed your opinion though Anak.

break that jinx  
sharkly : 4/7/2010 4:26 am : link
Steve Smith  
Figgy2989 : 4/7/2010 8:59 am : link
A total class act. Could not think of a better Giants to receive the first trophy named after Hope.
He finally mentioned it on his FB page  
buford : 4/7/2010 10:16 am : link
Steve Smith Really humbled by big blue interactive and everyone who contributed to making this award happen.. couldnt have accomplished what i did without all the great coaches, eli, the ol, the wrs, and all my teammates in general...

Link - ( New Window )
Steve just posted a link about this on his Facebook.  
bradshaw44 : 4/7/2010 10:16 am : link
Buford beat me by a hair..  
bradshaw44 : 4/7/2010 10:17 am : link
rnargi : 4/7/2010 9:54 pm : link
Steve deserved this award. Not only is he a tremendous football player, but he's repeatedly shown via his FB page that he knows that without the fans, there is no football league. He treats everyone with respect. This is the kind of athlete that I'd like my children to emulate and look up to. As a man and a player.
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