This past weekend, legendary receiver Steve Smith played the final game of his career.
He originally joined the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Virtually his entire career was spent with the Panthers until signing with the Ravens in March 2014. He’s currently the Panthers’ all-time leader in total touchdowns (67), receptions (836), and receiving yards (12,197).
Sadly, he won’t be playing his final game as a Panther, but the Ravens did put together a rather touching tribute video of his last game:
Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, emerged as one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers of the 21st century, leading the league in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns in 2005. In 2011, he became the 35th player in NFL history to amass 10,000 receiving yards. In 2016, Smith became the 14th player in NFL history to amass 1,000 career receptions.
He will now be returning to his hometown of Charlotte, NC where his wife and kids currently live.
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