Steve Smith Sr. announces he will retire after this season
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr., who is entering into the 15th year of his NFL career, announced his plans to retire after the end of this season.
Smith, who is 36 years old spoke to the media to make his announcement:
“If it’s the end, I feel like it’s the best place for it to end.”
Smith signed with the Ravens in 2014 after spending 13 years playing with the Carolina Panthers. While playing for Carolina, Smith tallied 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns, appearing in five Pro Bowls along the way.
During Smith’s 2014 season as a member of the Ravens the veteran wide receiver proved he still had some gas left in the tank as he churned out 79 receptions for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns.
Smith is one tough dude as we have witnessed over his 14-year career. He would know better than anyone else when it is time to call it quits. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he wouldn’t attempt to talk Smith out of his plan to play for only one more year:
“You don’t try to talk someone out of retirement,” Harbaugh said. “He’s earned the right to make that decision. He’s an amazing athlete.”
Smith enters the 2015 season with Marlon Brown and rookie Breshad Perriman behind him in depth. We can be sure Smith will be responsible for a few of his famous “blood and guts” moments as he plays out the final year of his career.
For those who play fantasy football, Smith should make respectable flex if he continues to put up numbers similar to his stats from last year.