All across Baltimore, grown men and women were weeping at their desks Friday afternoon. Probably. Maybe.
That's because the Ravens released a flawlessly produced, tear-jerker of a farewell video to retiring wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.
Right off the bat, fellow receiver Mike Wallace (former Steeler) explained how Smith convinced him to sign with Baltimore.
"Steve was the very first person to call me after my release in Minnesota. The very first person," Wallace said. "And he just told me he wanted me to come here. And I would be able to be myself. That was the biggest thing, honestly, that drew he here.
"He was like, 'You know you can go to this place, that place, but would they let you be yourself? If you become a Baltimore Raven, you'll be able to play like Mike wants to play.' Coming from him, that just drove it home."
John Harbaugh took a moment to share how much the 37-year-old veteran has meant to him on a daily basis.
"I love him. I guess that's the best thing I can say. I love him as a person. I love him as a football player certainly. Love being around him every single day. I can't wait to see him and talk to him," Harbaugh said.
"He's a guy that's been through things in his life that have shaped him and formed him in a way that's very genuine. What you see from Steve Smith is going to be real. There's no fake in Steve Smith."
Linebacker C.J. Mosley grew up watching Smith, so sharing a locker room with him has felt like a lifetime accomplishment.
"It was cool to actually have him as a teammate. Growing up watching him play in the Super Bowl, watching all his highlights, him talking trash. So actually being his teammate and being his friend is a pretty humbling experience," Mosley said. "I'm glad I can say when I get older that I played with Steve Smith, I'm friends with Steve Smith."
The man himself also spoke extensively, at times with watery eyes. Despite playing his first 13 seasons with the Panthers, he spoke about his years with the Ravens as a dream come true.
"I don't want to say a dream come true in a way that it puts a negative light on my past, but just, there's things as you get older that you think about and that you value," Smith said. "And the Baltimore Ravens gave me that opportunity. And they also valued me."
But to Smith, it was the way the Ravens showed they valued him that mattered most, especially given his previous experiences.
"It isn't like they dealt with me, they embraced me. They opened their homes up to me. They invited me to dinner. They introduced me to their wives, to their kids. And vice versa. That means a lot," Smith said.
"You could pay somebody a lot of money. But when you show them and introduce them to your most treasured possessions, your family, that's when you know."
And though all good things come to an end, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's still tough though, Smith explained.
"It's been hard the last week to pack up my place. You know and I said pack up my career in boxes, meaning a game ball goes in a box," he said. "There's not going to be anymore game balls."
Well, there's still one more game ball to take home: the Ravens play the Bengals Sunday in Cincinnati. That one belongs to Mr. Smith.
Watch the full interview here: