4 reasons why Vikings safety Harrison Smith is still elite

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Smith is a beacon of consistency

The single-most impressive facet of Harrison Smith’s game is his staying-power. Countless times NFL players have popped up to show excellence for a year or two and then they have either withered away or succumbed to injury. Smith has popped up in eight straight seasons.

Smith has been elected to the Pro Bowl in every season since 2015. That requires a certain type of upper-echelon doggedness. Smith has it and he was even tapped for All-Pro honors in 2017.

Since joining the Vikings in 2012, Smith leads all safeties in sacks with 13. He’s also second in interceptions, third in tackles for loss and fumble recoveries, fourth in touchdowns, and sixth in total tackles.

He’s also the only player in the league to have at least 75 tackles, at least three interceptions, and one or more tackles for loss in each of the last three seasons.

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He’s no newcomer to stardom and he has established himself as an all-time Vikings great. It might even startle some that he has already played more games in purple than Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. Smith has played in 114 games for Minnesota while Moss participated in 113 during his career.