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Odd quote from Steve Smith to Jake Delhomme

In a segment from the Week One game between Philadelphia and Carolina, during which Panthers receiver Steve Smith was wearing a microphone, a bizarre exchange unfolded between Smith and quarterback Jake Delhomme, who coughed up five turnovers in a 38-10 drubbing.

Delhomme, whose confidence clearly is shattered, apologizes to Smith while the duo are sitting on the bench.

Says Smith: “I never really liked you as a quarterback. But as a person . . . I love you as a person.”

Here’s the video.

Hey, it could have been worse. After all, Smith could have simply sucker punched Delhomme.

Still, it’s a bizarre comment for Smith to make, and the fact that Delhomme just takes it all in stride makes us wonder whether he will ever be able to get back whatever it was that he lost during the 2008 playoff game against the Cardinals.