OWINGS MILLS – If the Ravens won the Super Bowl next season, would Steve Smith retire?
At age 36, Smith is the Ravens’ oldest player, and winning a Super Bowl would be the perfect cap to his brilliant career. Yet, Smith said that even if the Ravens won it all next season, he might keep playing.
“You still have the same bills, the same issues, you’re the same person,” Smith said Monday at his ProCamps for kids at Owings Mills High School, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual. “You don’t all of a sudden get free cable for life because you’ve won a Super Bowl."
“I don’t allow it to put a value on me anymore. I kind of appreciate what I have, what I’ve been through. I wouldn’t substitute winning one Super Bowl over a 15-year career.’'
Smith clearly enjoyed spending time with youngsters at his camp Monday. Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb also stopped by to help out.
Smith spent 13 years with the Panthers, and has remained heavily involved with the Charlotte community. Now in his second season with the Ravens, Smith is building more bonds with the Baltimore area.
“I’ve never done a camp this close to training camp,” said Smith. “They (kids) ask me random questions and I answer them. They ask me like, 'Hey, you think Ray Rice will get another job?' Kids are going to ask you questions that as an adult, you really don’t want to answer. So sometimes, the Dad in me - you just kind of just walk past them and say, “I didn’t hear that one.’’’
Smith hopes that one day, kids will ask him, “What’s if feel like to win the Super Bowl?” But if it happens next season, Smith may stick around for an encore.