Steve Smith: Sunday is probably my last game

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Steve Smith is preparing to call it a career.

Smith, the 37-year-old receiver who is in his third year with the Ravens after playing 13 years with the Panthers, said today that he expects Sunday’s game to be his last.

“I’m about 89 percent sure,” Smith said with a smile, referencing his jersey number. “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.”

A fiery competitor early in his career who sometimes let his temper get the best of him, Smith has become a veteran leader in Baltimore without losing any of that competitive fire. The Ravens would welcome him back if he wanted to play next year, but not many wide receivers keep going at 38, and Smith sounds ready to walk away and wrap up a great career on Sunday.

57 responses to “Steve Smith: Sunday is probably my last game

  1. One of my favorite receivers of his generation. The guy could be a hot head, but he was not a diva at all. Worked hard and had fun out there. I will never forget him rowing the boat after torching Fred Smoot all day after the “love boat” incident.

  2. One of the best personalities in the game. Never scared to call someone out, and Always backed up his talk

  3. Coming from a Falcons fan, I was glad to see him leave the Panthers but daggone, I hate to see him leave for good. He was easily the most ferocious competitor that franchise ever had and definitely one of the best in the league for over a decade. Respect.

  4. Don’t write him off just yet. Never seen anyone 89% sure they would retire. However, he has no contract with baltimore and I wouldn’t expect anything less than at least a one day contract with Carolina to allow him to retire where he made his name in football. We in Baltimore would love to have him retire here, but we realize he came in at a time when we really needed him and we thank him, but he clearly is a Carolina guy and we wish him the best…

  5. Congratulations on a great career, and I look forward to your second one in broadcasting (where I think you will be great).

  6. Too bad he can’t hang in there one more year. If you give him a meager 53 yards this Sunday, he sits at 14,750 yards receiving for his career. With 543 yards next season, he would end up 3rd all time in receiving yards, edging out Randy Moss and ending up behind only Rice and Owens.

  7. I hated to see you leave the Panthers, but knew you had a lot of football left in you! You always were a firecracker to watch! What a player and what a heart you have! There will be a place in the HOF for you, Smitty!
    Just come home where you belong and retire as a Panther! And remember, you have a great broadcasting career ahead of you! Ice up, son!

  8. I remember when he tried to fight Wiggy after the Patriots beat the Panthers in the Divisional round 2 years ago. Hahahaha. He was always ready for a war. And didn’t put up with anything that made him feel disrespected

  9. It’s hard to believe but he looks just as good today as ever, I don’t see any drop off at all.

    Nobody played harder or with more passion, he’ll be missed.

  10. Say it ain’t so Steve. You’re still to good to give it up. If your play had dropped off I could see it but you’re still out there kicking ass and taking names. You have plenty of time to be retired later. I’d say you have 2 good years left.

  11. A total scumbag I’m glad will be out of the game.

    Have loathed him ever since he sucker punched a Panther’s rookie in the locker room, breaking his jaw and ruining his career.

    That after having sucker punched another teammate in the locker room the season before.

    He may have been a great player, but he’s a vile human being. Good riddance.

  12. Steve Smith rubs some people the wrong way for various reasons but there’s no denying that he was a great player who played the game as if his hair was on fire, and as if he was being shot at by his enemies. Steve Smith was a rare breed of player. I enjoyed watching him play. He’s an easy guy to dislike but you have to admire his drive, passion and skills. A one of a kind player who stood out because of the nature in which he played the game.

  13. Say what you will about Steve Smith outside the lines, it’s all been said before anyway, but between them he is a bad bad man. The kind of player you love to hate and hate to love.
    Shakespeare said it better than any of could:
    ‘He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.’

    A Pats Fan

  14. seatownballers says:
    Dec 28, 2016 1:03 PM
    One of the best personalities in the game.

    ———————

    I find him obnoxious with a napoleon complex who tries to hard to be tough, but to each his own

  15. How long before we see, “police were called to the residence of ex NFL player Steve Smith last night…”

  16. Everyone gushes over this guy saying he’s a great leader and team player but NOBODY wants to talk about him getting into a fight with teammate Ken Lucas and breaking his jaw…. GREAT TEAM PLAYER

  17. Narcissistic Personality Disorder if ever there was. Do you promise that you’re going away for good this time or will you be back because you think it’s all about me me me?

  18. Too bad he can’t hang in there one more year. If you give him a meager 53 yards this Sunday, he sits at 14,750 yards receiving for his career. With 543 yards next season, he would end up 3rd all time in receiving yards, edging out Randy Moss and ending up behind only Rice and Owens.

    ————-

    Those players had their peak eras, pre-2006 when Goodell changed all the rules for offenses and fantasy football.

    Steve Smith is a yapping, overrated primadonna.

    Not HOF material, just like Owens.

  19. Love Steve Smith, he’s the true definition of a fighter…. literally and figuratively speaking.

    I hope Leonte Caroo can be a similar player to Steve Smith, he was compared to him often coming out of college. Little guy with a big game and plays angry.

    Good luck Steve!

  20. ripwarrior says:
    Dec 28, 2016 2:26 PM
    Best receiver ever under 6 feet tall.

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    Never mind Wes Welker and Julian Edelman there is also this Brown guy in Pittsburgh that is the best receiver in the league.

  21. Waiting on him to put Suggs on IR like he wanted to do to the Giants kicker. The guy takes the field with a domestic abuser weekly and doesn’t seem to mind.

  22. harrisonhits2 says:
    Dec 28, 2016 1:28 PM
    A total scumbag I’m glad will be out of the game.

    Have loathed him ever since he sucker punched a Panther’s rookie in the locker room, breaking his jaw and ruining his career.

    That after having sucker punched another teammate in the locker room the season before.

    He may have been a great player, but he’s a vile human being. Good riddance.

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    How can you say this about someone you don’t know without being privy to all the facts of the incidents you are vilifying him for? Trolls really to have some common sense.

    Respect his effort and competitive nature and appears to be a bit of the small guy syndrome……but not a troll.

  23. He should retire now and sign with the Patriots as a practice squad player. He will go out with a SB ring.

  24. Pound for pound the baddest man in the NFL, period.

    God Bless You Steve Smith. You played the game the way you are supposed to play it.

    Fearless.

    Merciless.

    Leave it all on the field.

    I will miss you.

  25. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Dec 28, 2016 3:17 PM

    He should retire now and sign with the Patriots as a practice squad player. He will go out with a SB ring.
    ==============================
    the PS doesnt work that way.

  26. Steve Smith is a fit with the Raiders? They are already on the verge of being premadonnas, no way does that team need a worn out one also.

  27. I hope Ozzie and Harbaugh realize this is the type of player the Ravens need to go after in the drafts. Stop trying to fill the team with yes men and get guys in there that want to ball it up and play with some heart.

    I’m gonna miss you Steve.

  28. Candidate for the HOF.

    With another 543 yards he races ahead of some huge names and almost seals the deal as a lock.

    The way he looked this year doesn’t make me think he’s lost much of a step.

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