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Steve Smith strives for greatness

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Panthers receiver Steve Smith will play his 13th season in 2013, and all of them have been in Carolina.

He recently reiterated his plan to play 15 or 16 years.  And he hopes to be able to say when he’s done that he contributed to something special.

“I’m in the part of my career where I want to be part of something that’s great that, once I’m done playing, I can say, ‘Hey, I was part of that,’” Smith said this week, via Tom Sorenson of the Charlotte Observer.

Smith’s timeline means he’ll play through 2015 or 2016.  With quarterback Cam Newton leading the offense and linebacker Luke Kuechly anchoring the defense, there’s a chance that Panthers could soon be among the NFL’s elite teams.

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11 Responses to “Steve Smith strives for greatness”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 15, 2013 10:23 PM

    Yo Steve,

    You did play on a team that went to the Super Bowl and 3 NFC championship games. It’s more than a lot of players can say.

  2. thekiller678 says: Jun 15, 2013 11:21 PM

    Smith’s attitude on the field will rub a lot of people the wrong way, but you can’t deny that he’s a hell of a player. Pretty underrated I’d say

  3. ghostfacenoah says: Jun 16, 2013 12:26 AM

    Smith will be in the HOF when all is said and done. He is the gold standard for undersized WR’s. Plus he exemplifies how the game should be played, 100% effort, 100% of the time!

  4. selmonfan63 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:16 AM

    A winning season would be “something special”. He’s only had three in his career.

  5. pilot2011 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:35 AM

    what 5’9 receiver has been double covered for 13 years?

    not to mention he played under John Fox for a decade, which mean Jake Delhomme would hand the ball most of the time…

    steve smith is such a great blocking receiver. People don’t give him enough credit for what he’s done when the ball doesn’t come him way.

    HOF

  6. ninthwardfriend says: Jun 16, 2013 10:27 PM

    He’s garbage.

  7. astaib38 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:09 PM

    Oh no wait a second I would like to know what years hid 3 NFC championship games were? Can anybody tell me the THREE years he played in the NFC championship game? He’s never played on a team worth a crap people on here really don’t do their homework before they just go out spewing incorrect information sometimes!

  8. astaib38 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:23 PM

    He’s not a HOF player in my opinion because the players that aren’t on winning teams that do make into the HOF have eye popping numbers. His numbers while good aren’t really that eye popping. He may make it into the HOF but if he does it will definitely not be within the first 5 to 8 years of his eligibility to be. Carolina fans just want something they can root for and say was theirs. Because to me an HOF caliber player, especially at the skill positions, are players that the average football fan at least knows who they are and what team(s) they’ve played for. If you ask you’re average football fan who Steve smith is a lot of them will probably not know who he is or know who he is but not know the team he’s played for. Let’s be honest the only reason he’ll play his whole career with Carolina is because they have no one else that is even remotely good. Can Newton will show that in I think 2 or 3 more seasons he was just a flash in the pan and will either be traded or no longer wanted by any NFL team. Carolina shouldaybe consider drafting a prototypical NFL qb like Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco because honestly qbs like him have shown that they are good for maybe 3 to 4 seasons at the most and then their production falls off. Look at Vick and the problems he’s going through as the prime example. I would rather have talent spread across the field instead of having one above average talented player taking up all the cap room( when it comes time to renegotiate)

  9. jccarrollccrider says: Jun 17, 2013 9:12 AM

    Panthers NFC Championship Game appearances in 1996, 2003, and 2005. 2003 was the year they went to the superbowl so they obviously won the Championship game that year.

  10. astaib38 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:52 AM

    So smith played for the panthers in 1996?

  11. jgedgar70 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:21 PM

    astaib38 says:
    Jun 16, 2013 11:09 PM
    Oh no wait a second I would like to know what years hid 3 NFC championship games were? Can anybody tell me the THREE years he played in the NFC championship game? He’s never played on a team worth a crap people on here really don’t do their homework before they just go out spewing incorrect information sometimes!
    _____

    Dude, take a lithium.

    The original post was inaccurate in that Smith has played in TWO conference title games, 2003 and 2005. The Panthers did make the playoffs in 2008, but of course got destroyed by Arizona in the divisional round. So your hysteria about him never playing on a team worth a crap was also inaccurate, not to mention considerably over-the-top. Chill.

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