Super Bowl method
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Contemporaries Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed have relatively similar trajectories to Harrison Smith in terms of statistics. This is a humongous compliment to Harrison Smith and an equally grand testament to Smith’s eight years of production.
But these men, Polamalu and Reed, have Super Bowl rings — Harrison Smith does not. If the Vikings could have hosted Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots and knocked them off as the Philadelphia Eagles did, the scope of this article would be markedly different.
There are pathways to Canton for Smith other than a Lombardi trophy hoist, but this is probably the most ironclad method. Hall of Famer voters love championship accolades and fans love championships. So, it’s simple. The Vikings should just go ahead and win a Super Bowl.
For the first time since the mid-2000s, the Vikings have continuity at the quarterback position. If Drew Brees, Tom Brady, or Ben Roethlisberger are indicators, Minnesota has its best chance yet to win a Super Bowl this year or soon. In doing so, Harrison Smith’s case for the Hall of Fame would become much more realizable.