Jets Hope Their ‘Superman’ Appears On Monday Night

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The Jets believe Brad Smith can do anything when he has the ball in his hands.

And in his four-plus seasons with New York, the versatile wide receiver pretty much has.

Smith, nicknamed “Superman” by one teammate, became the third wide receiver since 1950, and first since Billy “White Shoes” Johnson in 1977, to score on a run and a return — even after one shoe fell off — last Thursday night in the Jets’ 26-10 win over Cincinnati.

Not bad for a guy who was a record-breaking quarterback at the University of Missouri.

Converted to receiver when he came to New York as a fourth-round draft pick in 2006, Smith has coach Rex Ryan calling for a Pro Bowl appearance. Smith’s 29.2-yard kickoff return average leads the NFL.