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Panthers Steve Smith has no intention of hanging cleats up anytime soon

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While Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Steve Smith elected to retire from the NFL after just six seasons earlier this week, his namesake with the Carolina Panthers has no intention of doing the same in the near future.

Smith is set to enter his 13th season in the NFL this fall – all with the Carolina Panthers. According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Smith plans on playing “15 or 16 years” in the NFL before calling it a career. If he holds true to his commitment, Smith will play through either the 2015 or 2016 season.

“Physically I feel great right now,” Smith said.

Smith has been the go-to option at receiver for the Panthers for the majority of his 12 seasons with the team. He’s caught 772 passes for 11,452 yards and 63 touchdowns over that span. Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (14,268) and Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (13,063) are the only active players with more career receiving yards than Smith.

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15 Responses to “Panthers Steve Smith has no intention of hanging cleats up anytime soon”
  1. Fantasy Football Delivery Man says: May 30, 2013 11:59 PM

    Hard to believe he’s already 34.

  2. nflcommissioner says: May 31, 2013 12:13 AM

    I’ll punch your face if you think otherwise!

  3. allday28mvpmvp says: May 31, 2013 12:21 AM

    We all know who the real Steve Smith is.

  4. sonnyjz says: May 31, 2013 12:38 AM

    Santana Moss agrees

  5. miamikillerdolphins says: May 31, 2013 12:43 AM

    He is a great player on a bad team! He will never get a Superbowl ring on that team.And he deserve one (SAD)

  6. RUAHORNH8R says: May 31, 2013 12:48 AM

    One of my all time favorite guys! He still is a major factor! Always wished the Vikes made a play for this guy!

  7. bucfan702 says: May 31, 2013 1:34 AM

    Steve Smith was not a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  8. omniscient48 says: May 31, 2013 2:46 AM

    Oh, I thought he was going to retire and fight Jon Jones in the UFC.

  9. boogymanoflamancha says: May 31, 2013 5:56 AM

    So we may see him sucker punch another teammate.

  10. pilot2011 says: May 31, 2013 6:38 AM

    89 is the greatest of all time. He is a Hall of Famer and some football fans are just now understanding how freaking good he is.

    Just a mediocre quarterback during his time with the Panthers would have put him above all else a long time ago.

    Imaging what Jerry Rice would have been like if he had:

    Rodney Peete
    Chris Weinke
    Jake Delhomme
    Vinny Testeverde
    Matt Moore
    Brian St. Pierre
    Jimmy Clausen

  11. pilot2011 says: May 31, 2013 6:40 AM

    And you can add that Smith has only played receiver for 11 of those 12 years… He was only allowed to do special teams his rookie year.

  12. dorkwood says: May 31, 2013 7:06 AM

    Somewhere Fred Smoot is still shuddering in a cold dark room thinking of what Steve Smith did to him several years back in Carolina.

  13. realskipbayless says: May 31, 2013 8:12 AM

    Not always a class act but I do like the guy and he’s been entertaining to watch over the years. Good news for Carolina.

  14. tenotnamedmiller says: May 31, 2013 8:25 AM

    Suckerpunching teammates must be his fountain of youth.

  15. jgedgar70 says: Jun 4, 2013 3:43 PM

    “tenotnamedmiller says:
    May 31, 2013 8:25 AM
    Suckerpunching teammates must be his fountain of youth.”

    The problem with that theory is that he hasn’t sucker-punched a teammate in 8 years.

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