This is how Steve Smith Sr. feels about rookie defensive backs who don’t like his combative style.
“I can really give a flying f…,” said Smith, during a Wednesday conference call with Bengals reporters, via ESPN.com.
Sounds like Smith won’t be changing his trash-talking ways at age 37, in what is expected to be his final NFL season. The veteran wide receiver has often said he doesn’t play football to make friends with opponents. He plays to win.
After the Ravens’ 27-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, rookie cornerback Anthony Brown said he “lost all respect” for Smith due to his trash-talking. Earlier in the season, Jaguars rookie defensive back Jalen Ramsey had a similar reaction after trash talking with Smith much of the game. Ramsey and Smith even took their beef to social media after the game.
Smith has 1,005 career catches, 14,448 receiving yards, and eight 1,000-yard seasons, doing it his way. Smith passed the 1,000-catch mark Sunday, and thought Ramsey and Brown needed to be reminded of his credentials.
“These young guys, these new millennium guys, they don’t really get it,” Smith said on the conference call. “I’ve had two rookies that unfortunately, they have lost all respect for me, so it’s really been keeping me up at night. It’s tragic. I’ve been losing sleep. With all the lack of sleep, I know we lost, but I was almost unable to send my cleats and gloves all the way to Canton because of the lack of sleep thing.”
Good to know that Smith’s play will not be affected by sleep deprivation.
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