Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is one of the most charismatic and energetic figures in the NFL today. No one would ever question Steve’s work ethic, ability, or his competitive drive.
When Smith was released by the Carolina Panthers this offseason after 12 seasons, their reasoning was that his best playing days were behind him. Smith felt slighted by the Panthers and wanted to retire as a career Panther after being drafted by the team in 2001, a feat we don’t see very often in professional sports anymore.
After Smith was quickly scooped up by the Ravens to bulk up their offense, his competitive juices began flowing once again (courtesy of the Baltimore Sun):
I love competition. Obviously, you [reporters] seem to always have something to say and have a comment, so I love to read those. And I’d like to serve a little humble pie to you and do a little better than what you think.
There aren’t too many 35-year-olds that are getting recruited to play for five or six other teams. I look at that and say: ‘I must be doing something right.’
The [defensive back] that’s going to be sitting in front of me, he’s going to find out how much I have left in the tank, and he’ll find out real quick.
Smith is ready to prove that he still has plenty of football left to play. Last year, Smith hauled in 64 receptions for 745 yards and 4 touchdowns. With his longest touchdown last year being a 44 yard bomb, Smith showed that he still has the speed to stretch the field.
With Steve Smith opposite Torrey Smith, the Ravens have a prolific wide receiver tandem that could pay big dividends for quarterback Joe Flacco.