16 seasons in any professional sport is a long time. 16 seasons in the NFL? Basically an eternity. After a long and illustrious career, it appears that Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. will retire after his season concludes against the Cincinnati Bengals.
A reporter asked the 37-year-old opinionated wide receiver if the Week 17 contest will be his last. He replied, “I’m about 89 percent sure. There’s a little girl named Baylee Smith who wants her daddy home.”
The precise percentage is a reference to the number Smith Sr. has worn for most of his career. It’s also important to note that it wasn’t 100 percent. Allegedly, Smith’s sons are urging him to keep playing. They account for the 11 percent of uncertainty.
Many assumed that Smith’s career would end after last season. He suffered a season ending Achilles tear in 2015 and it appeared that would be the last we would see of the talented player. He rehabbed all offseason and managed to play 13 games this past season. He finished with a respectable stat line of 67 catches, 765 yards and 5 touchdowns. Smith has had an extraordinary career in the NFL and whether or not he retires this year, he is likely looking at a Hall of Fame induction.