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Author: Jon Kuzma
Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Steve Smith has announced he will most likely retire after this season and it’s been a great 16 season run for Smith. Steve Smith has made so many big play in the National Football League and has notably recorded 8 seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving. When you combine that with 81 career touchdowns and 14,697 receiving yards you see just how effective Steve Smith has been. This is a player who has always played with a chip on his shoulder. Smith has a passion that you can see burning inside of him when he steps onto the football field. That energy is why he was able to play for 16 seasons at the highest level of football in the world and what a run it’s been for Steve Smith. He had 13 solid seasons with Carolina before he ended up in Baltimore and Steve Smith didn’t skip a beat when he suited up for the Ravens. Smith could easily play another season and contribute to this team but he has a family at home and he has a lot of great memories ahead of him spending time with his loved ones. That’s ultimately why Steve Smith will leave football for good after Sunday and keep in mind Steve Smith could easily play for another year or 2. Smith didn’t even seem adamant when he stated he would “likely retire” this off-season. However you have to believe that his wife will be in his ear wanting him to stay home and that will most likely be the end of it for Smith. Steve Smith has the opportunity to hang it up and avoid some hits and you have to keep in mind there is life after football. There is no reason for Steve Smith to hang around for 2 more years and take more hits as he starts to age and lose a step. That’s how injuries happen and it’s just the right time for Steve Smith to step away from the game. Steve Smith leaves pro football 7th all time in receiving yards and will be in the Hall of Fame some day for his accomplishments.
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