Player Profiles: Steve Smith Sr.
Steve Smith Sr. came to the Baltimore Ravens after being released by his long time team the Carolina Panthers. Smith spent all his career with the Panthers after being drafted in 2001 in the third round of the NFL draft. Smith started his career as a return man but quickly became a go to wide receiver. Smith even helped the Panthers make it to the Super Bowl in 2003 but they would eventually lose to the New England Patriots.
Smith’s career highlights are really too long to list, he has been to five Pro Bowl’s and has numerous other rewards. Smith ended his Panther’s career as their leading receiver in history 12,197 receiving yards.
When Smith signed a three-year deal with the Ravens he quickly became Joe Flacco’s favorite target despite being 35 years old. The Flacco to Smith marriage was good from the start as they quickly gained on the field chemistry. Since Smith put on a Ravens uniform it seemed like he was always meant to play for the Ravens because of his attitude and style of play.
On the field Smith is a pass catching machine, he plays tough, physical and loves to battle for the football. Smith is not the biggest football player on the field or even wide receiver, he measures in at 5’9” 195 pounds but that does not mean that he is not strong. Smith is known for breaking tackle gaining yards after the catch.
Smith is a blood and guts guy on the field and a terrific leader. As soon as Smith stepped into the Ravens locker room he became a leader of the team, both vocally and by his play on the field. Smith showed his leadership by quickly trying to resolve small conflicts with teammates.
Off the field Smith is a Christian and has not gotten into any trouble off the field. Smith is quick to talk about his children on twitter. Hopefully Smith can stay healthy and provide toughness and leadership for the Ravens for the remainder of his contract.
Here are Smith’s career stats.