After 16 seasons and 14,697 career receiving yards, placing him first on the league's active list for receivers, it appears Sunday will be the final game of Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith's iconic career.
If the five-time Pro Bowler's last game is indeed Sunday, he will leave a large footprint in the record books: twelfth in career receptions (1,028), fifth in touchdowns among active players (89!) and 23rd in scrimmage yards (15,084). "Football's given me probably more than I probably could give football back. For 2016-17 and beyond, this is probably my last game".
Steve Smith Sr. sounds like he's ready to call it a career.
One of the main differences between previous year and now, however, is that Smith's set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Steve Smith stopped short of announcing his retirement Wednesday in Baltimore, where's he's spent the past three seasons after his unceremonious exit in Charlotte.
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Smith planned to retire after 2015, but changed his mind when an Achilles injury wiped away his season after just seven games. This season, he led the team touchdown receptions (5), and ranked third in receptions (67) and receiving yards (765).
He came in as an undersized return man, but wanted to be a top receiver. He is different from today's players because he does his trash talk strictly on the field, never on social media.
"I'll be able to walk back in those doors and retire as a Panther and have the respect and not have such a split and not allow the few individuals in their temporary residence there to alter a decade of what I've done and experienced in that great organization", Smith said.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh admits it will be tough to replace Smith next season. "You can see it every Sunday".
Smith gained a reputation as one of the fiercest competitors in the NFL. Smith continued to play at a high level once he left Carolina.