Steve Smith: Ceremonial Panthers retirement “not on my radar”


After wide receiver Steve Smith announced his retirement from professional football earlier this year, his former Panthers teammate Ricky Proehl said that he hoped Smith would be honored by the team for what he did while in Carolina and Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he hoped Smith would come back for a ceremonial retirement as a member of the team.

The end of Smith’s time with the team came with a fair amount of acrimony and Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman sidestepped a question about signing Smith to a one-day contract when asked in January. It wasn’t something that seemed all that important to Smith at the time and it doesn’t look like anything has changed.

During a visit to the Rich Eisen Show, Smith was asked about the prospect and said that it isn’t a priority for him while noting that he still lives in Charlotte and that things could change in “due time.”

“I work for NFL Network, and it’s really not on my radar as of today,” Smith said.

The Jets reportedly spoke to Smith this offseason to gauge whether he was committed to retiring. Smith said that he is and also told Eisen that he believes he’d be suspended if he did try to return because he skipped several drug tests before filing all of the paperwork necessary for the league to consider him retired.

That has nothing to do with mending fences with the Panthers, obviously, but it’s a pretty good sign that any contract signings with NFL teams in Smith’s future will be of the ceremonial variety only.

18 responses to “Steve Smith: Ceremonial Panthers retirement “not on my radar”

  1. It was a pleasure watching Steve literally grow up in front of us and like all of us humans, he made mistakes but has really learned from them. He seems to be a terrific dad from what I see and hear and the Panthers are the idiots for not insisting on retiring his #89 ASAP.

    Few people wanted to win more than Steve.

  2. With all his faults, the Panthers royally screwed this one up. Greatest Panther ever….bury the pride and sign the guy to a one day contract as a Panther….it’s what the fans want.

  3. Smith, in his “A Football Life, story on the NFL Network telling the Panthers “now go to my Charlotte home and clean up my yard” after his big game against them as a Raven was a classic…..

  4. As a die-hard Raven fan I hope Steve is awarded that honor from Carolina. He is arguably a 1st round HoF selection. There are few that ever played with the passion of Steve “SmashMouth” Smith. ALWAYS a pleasure to watch.

  5. nhpats says:
    Jun 29, 2017 12:19 PM
    Smith would have torn his own arm off to get at that fumble….
    For someone with the handle “nhpats,” you sure do comment on a lot of Panthers articles. And it’s always the same junk about that stupid fumble. This article wasn’t even about Newton. Do you have a program on your phone that alerts you every time an article is posted that you can somehow spin to bash Cam?

  6. clt2 says:
    Jun 29, 2017 2:53 PM
    nhpats says:
    Jun 29, 2017 12:19 PM
    Smith would have torn his own arm off to get at that fumble….
    For someone with the handle “nhpats,” you sure do comment on a lot of Panthers articles.


    Trust me — it’s not just the Panthers articles that he trolls on.

  7. I don’t think nhpats is trolling in this case, I think he is saying that Steve Smith would have been scrapping for that fumble even after the whistle was blown. He probably would have continued fighting for it until the officials pulled him away.

    And let’s be honest, one action does not define a career, but I’ll bet I can count on one hand the number of Panther fans who are happy Cam didn’t try to recover the fumble.

  8. The way that the GM treated Smith it would be completely understandable if Smith never has anything to do with the Panthers organization….. Great WR! Great person! Great father & husband!

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