Steve Smith, Panthers legend and current wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, has decided to hang up his fists and trash talk at the end of the 2015 season. Smith has been in the league since 2001 (drafted in third round by the Panthers), but it feels like it’s been a lot longer. Smith may not be quite a Hall of Famer, but he would be a first ballot if one of the requirements was being the angriest, toughest player on the field at any given time.
Smith is a legend for his toughness and his trash talk probably more than he is for his many years of stellar play. He once got suspended for punching his own teammate. He’s probably punched a lot of teammates over the years to be honest, and they all probably deserved it for thinking they could take Steve Smith.
Anyway, I’m sure for the next few days and over the course of the season, we will be seeing lots of articles about Smith’s farewell (like this one). His best moments are about to get a lot of views on YouTube. My personal favorites: His end zone celebrations, Ice Up, Son, That one time he broke his arm on a TD catch against the Giants, Sticking it to Carolina after they let him walk, and his incredibly badass response to a late hit. The football world will be a sadder place without ol’ punchy.