There are two things we know Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith excels in – catching footballs and talking trash. The verbal smack artist takes pride in his ability to get in the head of his opponent, something he says he did to former Minnesota Vikings defensive back Fred Smoot, suggesting on then ESPN radio show Mike & Mike that he ruined Smoot’s career due to his verbal barbs:
Smith said today on ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio show that he ruined the career of former Minnesota cornerback Fred Smoot.
“A guy that I take pride in, I destroyed his career, is Fred Smoot,” Smith said after being asked if his trash talk on the field affected an opponent. “He was never the same after.
“After coming in Bank of America Stadium, things just went downhill (for him) from there.”
It was certainly a rough day for Smoot, who Smith said was talking junk prior to the game. That ticked the Panthers wide receiver off, who promptly dusted the defensive back for 11 catches and 201 yards in that 2005 game.
Smoot’s career would continue for a few more years, so while I’m not exactly sure Smith destroyed his career, it is a funny story.
You may recall the game as it’s infamous for Smith busting out the ‘row boat’ celebration, mocking Smoot (and the Vikings) for the ‘Love Boat’ incident.