Renaissance man Geno Smith, latest NY Jets draft sensation, had talent for acting, writing, painting before football
Smith won an award for reciting a Langston Hughes poem before his career in football brought him to the NFL Draft and now a place in the Big Apple.
Before the Jets, Geno Smith pursued a passion for acting and writing. His family would later help groom him for success on the gridiron.
Smith was into acting at an early age, performing in a grade-school production of “The Nutcracker.” The bright student landed in advanced story-writing and poetry classes.
By the seventh grade, he was proficient in drawing with pencils and charcoal — and began painting. His recital of poetry by Harlem’s Langston Hughes won Smith an award.