Steve Smith announces he will retire after this season

by John Syders | Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015

5x Pro Bowler Steve Smith has announced his retirment after the 2015 season ends.

“I feel like it’s time, Smith said. “All the chips are on the table. Let’s see what the dealer gives me.”

Smith, who ranks 18th all time with 915 receptions, said he doesn’t want to continue playing longer even though he feels he could go two or three more years further down the road.

The 36-year-old Smith led the Baltimore Ravens in receptions, with 79, and receiving yards, accumulating 1,065 during his first season with the team in 2014. Coach John Harbaugh, however, has spoken with Smith about down sizing his role this season to give him more stamina and playable over the course of the season, his numbers did see a big decline during the second half of 2014.

On Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh was qouted saying “He’s going out on his terms, he’s going out on the top of his game.”

In the last 8 games of last season Smith totaled just 390 yards, despite being a huge part of Baltimore’s wins averaging 79.1 yards and 5 touchdowns when they did come out on top, however when baltimore lost he held to 45 yards receiving and averaged just 1 touchdown.

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Aug 23, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) gains yardage after his catch against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Only 3 players have topped 1,000 while being 36 or older, those names include, the great Jerry Rice, Jimmy Smith and Joey Galloway.

It should be dualy noted that Steve Smith would become the first to do so since 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information, if he accomplishes the feat this season.

Steve Smith was a Panther until the very publicized recent falling out of the 2 sides, he owned Carolina’s record books at the receiving position, leading the team all time in yards (12,197) Catches 836 and touchdowns 67.

Steve Smith is undoubtedly a hall of famer, and will certainly be in the discussion for first ballot status down the road.

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