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Steve Smith isn’t upset that he’s not a Panther

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Last month, when the Panthers cut receiver Steve Smith, Steve Smith wasn’t happy.

“[P]ut your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere,” Smith said at the time regarding the prospect of facing the Panthers.

Now that he’s had some time to process the turn of events, Smith has become ambivalent.  Or so he says.

What’s in the past is in the past,” Smith said during a Friday appearance in Charlotte, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.  “At the end of the day, you go to the kitchen, you get a washcloth, you pick up the spilled milk and you move on.  That’s what I’m doing.  I’m moving on.”

He’s moving on, without hard feelings.  Or so he says.

“I have nothing bad to say about Mr. Richardson or the organization,” Smith said.  “And I won’t.  And I refuse to because they deserve nothing but my respect.  At the end of the day, they’ve done great things for me, given me an opportunity to bless my family.”

We buy it.  While it’s understandable to be disappointed and to have that disappointment flash initially as anger, Smith has matured.  It doesn’t mean he won’t be ready to spill some blood and guts when his new team, the Ravens, face his old team.  But Smith seems to be ready in any given game to do that, which is the way football at its highest level must be played.

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32 Responses to “Steve Smith isn’t upset that he’s not a Panther”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 12, 2014 11:25 PM

    Ice up Dave Gettleman. You know you’ll need it when you are the unemployment list this time next year.

  2. thevikesarebest says: Apr 12, 2014 11:27 PM

    Top wr cores in the nfl: Broncos Falcons. vikings bears saints. In that order.

  3. chaseutley says: Apr 12, 2014 11:38 PM

    Smitty has a good heart. For all of the “in the moment” sins he commits, he gets the big picture. He has a heart of gold. And that is why Charlotte will forever love him.

  4. texansfalcons says: Apr 12, 2014 11:59 PM

    Here’s to hoping he puts up a 1000 yd season.

  5. 700levelvet says: Apr 13, 2014 12:20 AM

    Pick up the spilled milk… Classic

  6. snowdood163 says: Apr 13, 2014 1:16 AM

    Always liked this guy. Why the hell did he have to go to the ravens?

  7. jerrysglassescleaner says: Apr 13, 2014 1:54 AM

    What’s the over-under on how long it’ll take him to punch a new teammate in the face during practice?

  8. Seaucide55 says: Apr 13, 2014 3:08 AM

    Washed up

  9. stephenpaulfreese says: Apr 13, 2014 4:14 AM

    Steve Smith should be highly respected for his acknowledging the simple truth. Yes, he is gifted and the NFL would not last for long without men, talented like him, but his humility and thankfulness are truly rare in this age of get all you can, I deserve this and that etc.

    There are an untold number of “talented” people who struggle to get by this day and age…Steve’s humility is really cool.

  10. kingpel says: Apr 13, 2014 6:16 AM

    I agree he isn’t upset that he’s not a Panther. He’s flat-out PISSED!

  11. toybkshr says: Apr 13, 2014 6:26 AM

    I gained a new respect for his ability last season when he “schooled” Talib! He def plays all out all the time.

  12. stevenray72 says: Apr 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    Steve Smith is a class act.

  13. allhailkingflacco says: Apr 13, 2014 7:03 AM

    I’m still going to get a pair of purple goggles for that game, just in case.

  14. nickdoggmoneycash says: Apr 13, 2014 7:04 AM

    Yeaaah sure… You’ll mis Cam next season that’s for sure

  15. feelnsavage says: Apr 13, 2014 7:33 AM

    Dont Worry Steve…. Like u we were mad… the nostalgia wore off…. now, U are too old but thank u for what u done though buddy

  16. celticsforever says: Apr 13, 2014 7:44 AM

    Gamer. All the way. Goodell is trying to legislate guys like this out of the league.

  17. hakunamangata says: Apr 13, 2014 7:59 AM

    As a ravens fan, neither am I

  18. camdenyard says: Apr 13, 2014 8:04 AM

    Classy guy on a classy team.

  19. ak18346 says: Apr 13, 2014 8:09 AM

    Class statement I watched him give it last night always a Panthers

  20. higheriqthanyou says: Apr 13, 2014 12:16 PM

    Hard to respect a guy who cares so little about winning that he didn’t take a minimum contract to play for THE Seattle Seahawks.

  21. raiderapologist says: Apr 13, 2014 12:33 PM

    Smith said all the right things, while quietly sharpening his axe.

  22. motsuret06 says: Apr 13, 2014 2:05 PM

    What goes around comes around. Gettleman and Rivera will be shown the door in due time. Steve Smith handled the situation in a classy manner which is more than I can say for the aforementioned gentlemen above.

  23. ctgiant says: Apr 13, 2014 2:07 PM

    You can love him or hate him, this guy still plays at one high level at close to 35!
    THE CT GIANT

  24. stonefish67 says: Apr 13, 2014 2:34 PM

    :ets see if he breaks any of the Raven’s faces before getting warm and fuzzy over this guy.

  25. phluffyclouds says: Apr 13, 2014 3:06 PM

    Getting tired of Smitty’s comments, dude needs to stop acting like a child. And maybe he wouldn’t have been cut…

    Signed,

    Panther and 89 diehard

  26. dickshotdogs says: Apr 13, 2014 3:55 PM

    Class act? I’ve met him. Nope.

  27. afcdomination says: Apr 13, 2014 4:00 PM

    always respected his play. cam will miss this reliable target. hope he stays healthy, I’d like to see another year out of smith before he retires or has issues that keep him from being the awesome player he always has been

  28. dfpoor says: Apr 13, 2014 4:41 PM

    Been watching pro ball since 1975. Don’t recall a wideout ever spilling blood and guts. Hines Ward, maybe. Smith is a pass-catcher, right?

  29. cursedvikings1998 says: Apr 13, 2014 4:51 PM

    Cam Newton is horrible.

  30. steelcurtainn says: Apr 13, 2014 7:18 PM

    He should be upset. He left a NFC contender in Carolina to an AFCN foe who will contending with the brownies for the bottom of the basement. I’d be upset.

  31. franktown8 says: Apr 14, 2014 12:48 AM

    Panthers won’t make the playoffs.also will lose to ravens

  32. jgedgar70 says: Apr 14, 2014 12:52 PM

    700levelvet says:
    Apr 13, 2014 12:20 AM
    Pick up the spilled milk… Classic
    _____
    That is typical Smitty. Besides this and “Ice up, son,” other classics of his include:

    -After a win in game 12, 2008: “We’re 9-3. We haven’t won anything. You guys (media) might get excited, but it’s nothing we’re going to make t-shirts about.”
    -Start of training camp, 2013, on if he was desperate to win a championship: When asked if he was getting desperate to win a championship, he said, “Yeah. Look at it this way, if I was a woman that wanted a husbandand I was 34, I’d do every guy I could find trying to get married.”
    -Passing by draft bust Dwayne Jarrett’s locker as Jarrett was being interviewed: “Maybe you should stop talking to the media and look at some film. Seriously.”
    -After beating the Rams and torching Jenoris Jenkins, on Jenkins’ particular trash-talking, naming Smith’s wife: “He’s obviously just figured out how to use Google.”

    Steve Smith – the best interview in the NFL.

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