He’s one of the great pass catchers of all time.
Steve Smith was the most “go to” receiver in Carolina Panther history, and quite possibly of all time. However, when he was released in 2013 following several injuries, Smith had some negative comments directed towards the Panthers and the general manager Dave Gettleman.
When asked if Smith should retire a Panther, head coach Ron Rivera said “That’s up to Steve. I think he should, though. Think of all the years he played here. But it’s up to him.”
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Smith holds the franchise records for receptions with 836, receiving yards with 12,197 and touchdowns with 67.He was a third round pick out of Utah in 2001 and played thirteen years for Carolina. He made a splash in the playoffs, including a 69 yard touchdown catch in a double overtime playoff game against St. Louis in 2003. He played in the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance, a close loss to New England, and was elected to five Pro Bowls. He was also voted 1st Team All-Pro six times. He’s 12th in the NFL in career receptions and 7th in career receiving yards.
Should Smith retire as a member of the Carolina Panthers, or did he wear out his welcome in Carolina?