Steve Smith made his retirement official with this fantastic letter sent to commissioner Roger Goodell.
Ahead of the Ravens’ Week 17 game against the Bengals, Smith said that he was “89-percent” sure it would be his last game in the NFL. Now, that decision is official, and was announced with a brief letter to the commissioner’s office.
Of course, Smith went out in a way only he could. The brief letter states that he “will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs.”
Smith posted the letter to Twitter.
— Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) January 6, 2017
Smith played 16 seasons in the league, the first 13 of which were with the Carolina Panthers, catching 1,031 passes for 14,731 yards and 81 touchdowns. This season, he caught 70 passes for 799 yards and five scores. He should be a Hall of Fame lock, at least in this writer’s opinion.