Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith announced Monday that the 2015 season will be his last. Smith’s fourteen seasons have been characterized by grittiness, intensity and a lot of trash talking.
Here are the top lines uttered by Smith over his career. Assuredly there will be more before Smith officially retires.
November 2014. Smith, after pummeling Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and drawing a holding penalty.
“I body-slammed him, so I think that’s really a testament to their lack of strength-and-conditioning coach down in Tennessee. 5-9, 194-pound guy body-slams their linebacker, man, he needs to get his weight up.”
November 2013. Smith on ‘destroying’ the career of former Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot
“A guy that I take pride in, I destroyed his career, is Fred Smoot,” “He was never the same after. After coming in Bank of America Stadium, things just went downhill (for him) from there.”
October 2007. Smith to rookie wideout Dwayne Jarrett who was speaking with the media after his frustration at lack of playing time.
“Instead of talking to the media, why don’t you go watch some film?’’
December 2014. Smith was asked about his stamina.
Steve Smith was asked about his stamina after being sick this week. “You can ask my wife about my stamina,” he said.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) December 14, 2014
March 2013. Smith was asked what it would be like when he played his old team, the Panthers.
“I want to make sure that whatever team I go to, they’re going to get the best, in-shape 35-year-old guy they can get. If that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium, put your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere.”
November 2013. Smith after entangling with Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib throughout their Monday Night Football matchup.