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    Robert is a very well spoken and intelligent guy!

    ...and bright enough to finally leave the Vikings.

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    Robert Smith Interview in ESPN the Mag

    "Wicked Koala" wrote:
    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Robert is a very well spoken and intelligent guy!

    ...and bright enough to finally leave the Vikings.
    Even though he retired early (much to the heartaches of us fans) I think a lot of people admire him for that. He did not want to get so beat up he could not enjoy life and he is a smart guy who planned on doing other things.

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    Even though he retired early (much to the heartaches of us fans) I think a lot of people admire him for that. He did not want to get so beat up he could not enjoy life and he is a smart guy who planned on doing other things.[/quote]


    I think he also saw the ship sinking.

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    Robert Smith was one of the Vikings I really respected not only as an individual, but as a player. He was very sound and let his play do the talking for him.
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    A talented, intelligent man who called it quits on his terms... I admire that.
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
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    amazing when you consider that in his early years many considered him to be a bust due to the injuries he had. I think he didn't play a full season for three or four years due to various injuries that he picked up.
    However when he was healthy then he was a force and credit to the guy for deciding to quit when he was at the top of his game and health. Seems a contrast to Jerry Rice's spiral down this last season with the Raiders and then Seattle.

    In some ways there is a similiarity with Smith and Bennett in terms of fans perceptions of their injury tendencies and durability. Anyone glad that we didn't trade away Smith in those early years ?
    Time spent annoying a Packer fan is never time wasted...


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    Here's the article.....

    "We See What We Want to in Randy Moss. And it's not the Whole
    Picture"
    By Dan Le Batard

    Five words to describe former Vikings teammate Randy Moss? "Gifted,"
    Robert Smith begins."Arrogant. Thoughtful. Honest. And black."
    Black? "Black in so many ways." This is going to take some
    explaining. Smith is black and white,as in biracial. He sees so much
    of what swirls around Moss in black and white, too, all of us
    colored by color. Risking the black-on-black criticism that caused
    Bill Cosby so many headaches, Smith says, "Randy's black and that's
    part of his honesty. It's part of the negaÂ*tive side too. He
    encompasses a lot of bad stereotypes of black people."
    Smith is smarter than your average Bear. Tired of the beating and
    the mundane, he quit football in his prime after his best season,
    with $40 million-plus awaiting him in free agency. He sat out his
    sophomore season at Ohio State to concentrate on classes. He is
    fascinated by astronomy and medicine, and by why only black athletes
    seem to be called articulate while only white ones are possession
    receivers. And he has written a book exploring how the Molotov
    cocktail of celebrity, sports and race explodes to produce Randy
    Moss and the legion of critics who howl at his moon. Yes, Smith
    says, Moss is a punk. But, no, that's not all he is. Smith says, "I
    had my run-ins with Randy, and I wanted to punch him in the face
    many times." But he wouldn't want any other receiver in his huddle
    more than Moss.
    "Anybody who knows what sports are about would want Randy on his
    team" Smith says. "I saw an online poll: 55% said they'd want Randy
    as a teammate. The other 45% are liars."
    You want Moss on your side because he makes it better. Asked if he'd
    welcome Moss and his headaches. Lions coach Steve Mariucci, who
    endured Terrel Owens, says, "Absolutely. No question. In a second."
    Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie says all of Moss' recent isÂ*sues—
    bolting a loss two seconds before the final gun, doing a clumsy but
    honest interview about coach Mike Tice's future, faux-mooning Green
    Bay—are media soap-opera obsessions that teammates laugh off.
    Smith, who has seen the good and bad, marvels at what we choose to
    accentuate. Moss and Randy Johnson get endless play for their public
    missteps, but did you even know Shaquille O'Neal laughed the other
    day when the Sonics compared him on their scoreboards to Shrek? Bet
    you'd know if O'Neal had gotten angry. "Randy is really complex,"
    Smith says, while our view of him is too simple. He'll visit
    children in hospitals in a very simcere way, but when people talk
    about celebrities they ignore the hundred good things they hear
    about in lieu of the negative, preconcieved notion they have. They
    hear one bad thing, it confirms everything they already believed.
    The hundred good things? Ignore those."
    Smith isnt protecting a friend. Asked if he likes Moss he says, "I
    can't answer that question, quite honestly." He has no problem
    telling the negative stories. Like the time Moss, entranced by a
    video game, refused to sign some jerseys for Smith's foundation. Or
    the time Smith, wanting to relax with classical music, invoked
    Dennis Green's rule about headphones to quiet Moss' hip-hop, and
    Moss replied, "F— Denny." Smith calls those "very, very, very minor
    issues" in the context of locker room tension. We in the media have
    a way of making them major.
    Here, like Moss, Smith goes deep. "To a great degree, apart from
    money issues, crime and race are the biggest factor in the way the
    modern athlete is perceived," he says. "when you talk about today's
    athlete, most of them - most of us, I should say—come from lower-
    income families and crime-riddled areas. When that part of us shows
    itself, people act stunned." The outraged opinion shapers in this
    country tend to be far older and whiter than Smith is.
    "When they talk about thugs, come on now," Smith says. When a white
    person is a thug, he's The Sopranos, glorified. When a black person
    is a thug, he's a crack dealer, demonized. That dichotomy is what
    drives the calls for Randy's head. That black person, the violent
    black stereotype, is what they see in Randy. "
    Too often, it's all they see. ©

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