Eugene Cyril "Geno" Smith III (born October 10, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Jets in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football for West Virginia University.
Eugene 'Geno' Smith (born October 10, 1990) is an American football quarterback. He is currently the starting quarterback for the West Virginia Mountaineers in his Senior year. Smith is the son of Geno Smith, Jr., and Tracey Sellers, who was 17 at the time of his birth. Until Smith turned 4, he and his mother, lived in Miami with his maternal grandmother, Mosetta Bratton. During those early years, Bratton cared for Smith during the day, while Sellers finished her schooling. Smith's cousin, Melvin Bratton, was a star running back at the University of Miami in the mid 1980s. Smith was classified as gifted and taught an advanced curriculum emphasizing creativity and the arts, including writing stories and poetry. Smith acted as well, performing in his schools production of The Nutcracker. In fifth grade, Smith won an oratorical contest reciting work by the poet Langston Hughes. Smith even competed in chess tournaments, however, he enjoyed sketching cartoon characters the most.