Panthers receiver Steve Smith has spent 11 seasons in the NFL. And he now admits something that has, from time to time, bubbled up through his words, his actions, and his demeanor.
“I have not always enjoyed it,” Smith recently told Sonja Gantt of WCNC-TV in Charlotte.
Smith then explained a mentality that has plagued plenty of players over the years. “The biggest challenge has been not letting that persona on the field carry off to off the field,” Smith said. “I get to live the things that I go through out in the public eye sometimes. It’s not the thing that you want to display.”
Smith now is trying to enjoy the ride, while also keeping his eye on the prize.
He also has gotten to a point where he can separate his professional and personal lives. “One of the best things is if I catch 10 passes or I drop 15, having a hug and a kiss from my family and [them] telling me ‘Dad you were good enough. . . . Can’t buy that.”
It’s great to see the maturity from a guy who has done plenty of immature things during his career. And we hope that his example can help other players find perspective and balance a lot earlier in their lives.