After 16 years, 1,031 receptions, 14,731 yards and 81 touchdowns, receiver Steve Smith has chosen to retire. Until the Fantasy Football hero changes his mind, he's not worth drafting, stashing or rostering anymore.
Smith officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday. In his letter to commissioner Roger Goodell, Smith said, "This is to notify you that as of today I, Steve Smith Sr., will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs. I am retiring from the National Football League." Smith finishes his storied career as the NFL's seventh-leading receiver, racking up 14,731 yards over 16 seasons. He's also one of 14 players in NFL history with over 1,000 career receptions (1,031). The five-time Pro Bowler played his first 13 seasons with the Panthers, during which time he helped lead the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII and also led the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2005 after missing the majority of the 2004 campaign with a broken leg. Although Smith checked in at just 5-foot-9, he still struck fear into opposing secondaries with his tenacity, speed, and ability to come down with the ball in seemingly every contested situation. Given his body of work and standing among some of the All-Time greats in terms of receptions and yards, Smith figures to be a candidate for the Hall of Fame once he's eligible.
Smith caught three of five targets for 34 yards Sunday in Cincinnati. Smith recently stated that there's an 89 percent chance he's retiring after this season, so this could well have been the final game of his Hall-of-Fame caliber career. The 37-year-old wide receiver finishes the season with 70 catches for 799 yards and five touchdowns. Smith found the end zone 81 times while topping 100 yards on 51 occasions over 16 NFL campaigns.
Smith (thigh) hauled in all seven of his targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Steelers. Smith shook off a sore thigh to rip off a 44-yard catch and run, as well as an 18-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that gave the Ravens a 13-7 lead at the time. The veteran receiver saw seven targets for the second consecutive game, and has received at least six looks from Joe Flacco in each of the last four games. He also touchdowns in consecutive games, and will look to make a splash in what could be the final game of his career in Week 17 against the Bengals.
Smith (thigh) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Though Smith was an addition to the Ravens' injury report Thursday, a return to practice Friday solidified the notion that the veteran wideout would give it a go Sunday. Smith, who was on the field for 49 of the 58 snaps on offense in Week 15's win over the Eagles, has been targeted a total of 23 times over his last three outings, and figures to continue seeing his share of looks in the Baltimore offense Sunday.
Smith (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers after being listed as practicing in full Friday. Smith was an addition to the Ravens' injury report Thursday, but Friday's full practice indicates that the veteran wideout will be able to tough it out Sunday. Smith was on the field for 49 of the Ravens' 58 snaps on offense in Week 15's win over the Eagles, en route to catching two of his seven targets for 40 yards and a TD. Over his last three outings, Smith has been targeted a total of 23 times and he figures to continue to see his share of looks in Week 16.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/19||@Green Bay Packers||17||17.00|
|3 Year Avg||103||65||845||5||37||13.00||116|