Ex-Carolina wide out and current Raven wide out, Steve Smith says he is ready to retire at the end of the 2015 season, having been in the league for 14 years.
And what an amazing 14 years it has been for Steve Smith.
- In 2001, Smith was the first rookie to make the Pro Bowl as a special teams player since Tyrone Hughes in 1993.
- In 2003, Smith’s 404 postseason yards were the most since Jerry Rice gained 409 yards in 1988.
- In 2005, Smith became the first player since Washington Redskins’ receiver Art Monk in 1984 to lead the NFL in receptions for a team that ran more often than it passed.
- In 2005, Smith earned the NFL’s receiving “triple crown”, leading the league in receptions (103), yards (1,563) and touchdowns (12).
- In 2008, Smith became the only player in history to lead the league in receiving yards per game despite being on an offense that was last in pass attempts.
- Smith is one of only three players in history to run back two punts for touchdowns and catch a touchdown pass in the same game.
- Smith holds an NFL record for highest punt return average in a single game (51.0 yards).
- Smith led the NFL in receiving yards per game in the 2008 NFL season.
- All time Panthers leader in yards received (12,197), passing Mushin Muhammad (9,255) in 2011.
- Highest punt return average in a single game: 51.0 (Dec 8, 2002 vs Cincinnati Bengals)
- Most career receiving yards (12,197)
- Most career receiving touchdowns (67)
- Most career total touchdowns (75)
- Most career receptions (836)
- Most career yards from scrimmage (12,584)
- Most career All-Purpose yards (16,607)
- Most career punt returns (178), punt return yards (1,652), punt returns for touchdown (4)
- Most punt return touchdowns in a single season: 2 (2002)
- Most kickoff return touchdowns in a single season: 2 (2001) (tied with Michael Bates)
- Most All-purpose yards in a single season: 1,992 (2001)
- Most seasons with 1,000 receiving yards: 7
Stevonne Latrall “Steve” Smith, Sr. will surely be heading to Canton, for his 14 years of Hall of Fame service to the NFL.
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