Ravens WR Steve Smith Likely To Retire

Throughout his entire career, Steve Smith has defied the odds and even defied his age. But, every player has to call it quits at some point. Smith heavily indicated to reporters today that Sunday will be his final game in the NFL. Steve Smith (vertical)

I’m about 89 percent sure,” Smith said, making reference to his jersey number as he has many times in the past (link via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com). “I’m pretty sure I know what I want to do. I’ve got great support from my family, my wife supports me whichever way I want to go. My boys want me to still play, but there’s a little girl, my baby who wants her daddy. Football is a conduit, something that gives you a platform, good and bad, but it gives you an opportunity. Football has given me more than I probably could give football back. . . . This is probably my last game.

Smith, 37, was emotional as he discussed the likely end of his career. If Sunday is in fact his last hoorah, he’ll leave the game as one of just eleven players to have 1,000+ catches and 14,000 yards receiving.

As a third round pick in 2001, no one could have predicted the kind of career that Smith would have. The wide receiver became the face of the Panthers’ organization in his 13 years there and he played with a chip on his shoulder upon joining the Ravens in 2014. In his age-35 season, he caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns, silencing doubters who thought his best days were behind him. He lost most of the 2015 season to injury, but he rebounded nicely this season as he caught 67 passes for 765 yards and five scores.

Smith will leave the game as a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time First-Team All-Pro selection. His legacy of tenacious play coupled with his gaudy stats should make him a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame. We here at PFR wish No. 89 the best in retirement.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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11 comments on “Ravens WR Steve Smith Likely To Retire

  1. masnhater

    It’s a shame that Joe Flacco wasted his nice 2016 rebound year. We’ll miss you future HOF Steve Smith!

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    • Kia Sportage Off-roader

      HORG. Hall of Really Good. In a pass-first NFL, Steve Smith has never been an elite WR with elite stats. He’s not making it to the HOF. “No chance!” – Vince McMahon

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  2. I have always enjoyed watching Smith. He broke his arm playing pick up football in the summer as an 8 year NFL veteran. A true baller and competitor.

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    • Kia Sportage Off-roader

      If Steve Smith is killing you – you need a whole new defense.

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  3. bts76

    Hell of a player. No player in my lifetime played as “angry” as Smitty. I hope he retires with good physical and financial health.

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  4. Kia Sportage Off-roader

    Welcome to the Hall of Very Good, Steve. Unfortunately, you won’t be in the Hall of Fame. Enjoy your retirement and work on your anger issues and tough guy shtick.

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  5. Steve Smith Sr. You that man!
    You certainly have at least one more if you want it!
    PS – go out with a winner – get away from the Ravens!

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    • Kia Sportage Off-roader

      Steve Smith should hook up with Pacman Jones

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  6. Baltsportsfan

    Kia you’re an idiot. Look at his stats. You don’t have to like him but he is good.

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    • Kia Sportage Off-roader

      Yes, please look at them. He can get in line because there are more deserving WRs who are eligible and not in.

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