CLEVELAND – Steve Smith Sr. became the 11th player in NFL history to surpass 14,000 career receiving yards Sunday, and moved into 10th place on the league’s all-time receiving yards list.
With three catches for 64 yards during the Ravens’ 25-20 victory over the Browns, Smith is enjoying the ride, during what could be his last season. He posted this Twitter reaction to his latest milestone.
“God is good because I never would have thought I would make it this far,” Smith wrote. “I didn’t do it by myself. Many ppl (people) helped me.”
Smith now has 14,015 yards and passed James Lofton (14,004) on Sunday. The nine players ahead of Smith are Jerry Rice (22,895), Terrell Owens (15,934), Randy Moss (15,292), Isaac Bruce (15,208), Tony Gonzalez (15,127), Tim Brown (14,934), Marvin Harrison (14,580), Reggie Wayne (14,345), and Andre Johnson of the Titans (14,139), the only player ahead of Smith who is still active.
Smith worked extremely hard to be ready for Week 1, after a severe Achilles tear ended his 2015 season prematurely. As usual, Smith played with emotion. At one point he slammed his helmet on the sideline in frustration after a Ravens’ drive stalled, but he made two of his three catches on the Ravens’ next offensive series.
Mike Wallace has all three touchdown catches for the Ravens so far this season, and Smith is part of a deep Ravens receiving group. Maybe Smith won’t reach 1,000 yards receiving for the ninth time in his career, but Smith could pass Johnson, Wayne, and Harrison, and move into seventh place on the all-time receiving yards list.