Stephen A .
Smith is no stranger to the spotlight.
The former New York Jets wide receiver, who starred for the Jets from 2003-08, was the subject of a 2011 Vanity Fair profile that detailed the pressures and frustrations of being an NFL quarterback in the NFL.
Smith, now a Fox Sports analyst, has had his share of memorable moments in the spotlight, including a memorable moment in 2013 when he took on a former NFL quarterback, former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, in an interview with “America’s Got Talent.”
Now he is the subject this week of a fictional character who will make the top five in the Heisman Balloting.
ESPN’s Football Outsiders predicts Smith’s top five for the Heisman.
(ESPN.com) Smith is currently No. 4 in the ESPN.com Heisman Poll, behind Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Jalen Ramsey and Tyreek Hill.
Smith’s No. 2 ranking is the most since ESPN.org’s first Heisman Poll was published in 2006.
In addition to his win over Jalen Ramsay, Smith’s other win in the 2016 Heisman was the most by a quarterback since 2000, when Johnny Manziel took home the award.
The Heisman has been a favorite pastime of Smith, who has made the top 10 in the poll in the past two seasons.
Smith led the nation in passing yards per game (6.4) in 2016 and finished No. 3 in the country in rushing yards per contest (2.8).
In addition, he led the league in completions per game, passing touchdowns per game and passing yards from scrimmage.
In the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Smith led all FBS quarterbacks with 7,923 passing yards and threw four touchdowns.
Smith was one of four Heisman Trophy semifinalists, along with Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.