Published: Thu, December 29, 2016
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Steve Smith Sr. Sheds A Tear As He Announces Retirement

Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith announced that the team's Week 17 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals will probably be his last game.

"I'm about 89 percent sure", Smith said with a smile, referencing his jersey number.

"There is not a lot of guys that you look down a dark alley and you say, 'I want to bring this person, I want to bring that person, ' " Newton said. I got great support from my family. My boys want me to still play, but there's a little girl, my baby who wants her daddy.

"Football is a conduit, something that gives you a platform, good and bad".

Smith ended his press conference on Wednesday with tears in his eyes saying the relationships he has with his teammates is something he'll miss the most. "But for 2016, '17 and beyond, this is probably my last game".

Always a team player, the prolific wide receiver helped lead the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance back in 2003 while reaching the postseason five times in all.

Smith now has 1,028 career receptions (12th all time), 14,697 receiving yards, (7th all time), and 81 touchdowns (25th all time).

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Smith is still respected by many in the organization, not the least of whom is owner Jerry Richardson. He will also join Tim Brown as the only other player in National Football League history to have more than 13,000 receiving yards and 4,000 return yards.

"It was hard for me as I'm packing up my house here in Baltimore and putting my career in boxes", Smith said.

A fierce competitor, Smith was the long-time face of the Carolina Panthers after being drafted in the third round in 2001.

Here's what the 37-year-old said when asked whether he'd extend his career into next season.

"I'm going to miss it". It's something that's been part of my life for 16 years.

He had announced he would retire following the 2015 season, but made a decision to give it another year after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury last November.

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