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Ravens' Steve Smith plans to eat lots of ice cream, visit Baltimore in retirement

Ravens' Steve Smith plans to eat lots of ice cream, visit Baltimore in retirement

Steve Smith Sr. will go down as one of the NFL's all-time great receivers. But in his 16 seasons, he's also been one of the league's all-time great talkers.

So it should come as no surprise that Smith was brilliant in the final postgame press conference of his career. The Ravens lost to the Bengals 27-10 in the season finale. 

As soon as the final whistle blew, Smith had a CBS microphone in his face asking if the game would really be his last. 

“Yeah, this is it," he said, stifling tears. “I got a beautiful wife at home, Angie, and four kids that need their dad. And I need my kids. I’m going home to Charlotte to be with my family. We’ve got a new house we’re going to build.

"I got a sophomore in college, a soon to be a junior daughter in high school, son in middle school and a two year old. I got a lot of catching up to do. This game has given me a lot, but at the same time, I need to give my family more.”

But, true to form, the 37-year-old wasn't serious for too long. 

“I know I’m not going to miss practice, I can tell you that,” he quipped. 

Once he got to the podium to answer questions, he was candid as ever. 

“A little bit of relief. Playing this game and the expectations that are expected from you, it’s a lot of pressure," he said. "The pressure I’ll have now is getting the kids to school on time. Do I eat a pint of ice cream or a gallon of ice cream? Do I want to work out on the treadmill or the stair master? It’s going to be different but it’s something I look forward to."

He returned to a familiar theme: Not missing the grind of football life off the field.

“I’m going to miss these guys. I’m going to miss them. But when they’re in training camp and I’m not, I’m going to be hanging out at the pool. Doing a lot of other things. Go to Disneyland during September, I heard it’s really slow them with kids going back to school, so we’ll be able to ride some rides numerous times. A lot of things to look forward to, and also just being a dad. My kids miss me and I miss them.”

Disneyland and ice cream. Sounds like as good a retirement plan as any. But Ravens fans will be happy to hear Smith won't be a stranger in Baltimore.

"Me and guys have talked about taking some family vacations together. Coming back to Baltimore, going to games and stuff," he said. "I’m going to be myself and stop by."

"I’ll have a lot of things I can get to do with my boys. And coming back to Baltimore and seeing some games, seeing Joe throw touchdowns, it’ll be good. Mooch off some other guys that have mooched off me in their suites. Stuff like that [laughter]. I look forward to that."

Hmm, wonder who was mooching off Smith the past few seasons? I guess we'll find out in his first trip back. 

But on a more sentimental note, Smith explained that he had some strategies to keep from crying. They start with ice cream (of course). 

“A gallon of rocky road ice cream to be honest. I’m just trying not to get emotional," he said. “This morning my wife sent me a text. My family wasn’t here because if they were here, I would have lost it."

In perhaps the most poetic moment of his comments, Smith compared his career to a lifetime of driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. He took a moment this week to stop and appreciate the view.  

"Very rarely have I pulled over and appreciated looking at the sunset with my wife, with my kids, with friends. That's what I did this week. It's emotional," he said. 

It was emotional for everyone watching, too. 

MORE RAVENS: 5 things I'll miss about covering Steve Smith Sr.

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WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but at Pro Bowl practice Friday he decided to show off his ridiculous range by drilling a 70-yard field goal with relative ease. 

Hitting 70-yard field goals in practice isn't anything new. He spent time in the offseason drilling kicks from the same distance.

There just wasn't any need for Tucker to kick a record-breaking field goal because the Ravens offense was seemingly always in the red zone. Tucker attempted 59 extra points this year, which was the most he'd ever taken in a season by 17 and led the league by a wide margin. 

Tucker's current career-long is the 61-yard bomb he hit in 2013. His longest field goal in 2019 was 51 yards. 

In a game like the Pro Bowl, field position and the final result doesn't really matter. So maybe Tucker will get a chance to kick from 70-plus during the game on Sunday. 

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

The NFL's Top 100 players list is always an interesting discussion point for fans. It's fun to debate who is the best of the best, especially in a sport like football.

Positions require such vastly different skills, so it's difficult to compare a running back to, say, a punter.

What also makes the list interesting is how it's compiled: by the players themselves.

We don't always get to peel back the curtain, but Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was willing to share his ballot on social media once he put his votes together.

This is an especially interesting list. Humphrey resisted the urge to simply vote all Ravens, as Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley and Marcus Peters are the only ones to make his top 20.

Humphrey did seem to heavily weigh players he has faced already, particularly in 2019. Of his 17 non-Ravens, 11 played against Baltimore this past season.

The cornerback clearly remembers 2018's matchup with the Saints well, as Michael Thomas and Drew Brees find themselve in his top four. He has a nice balance between offensive players he's had to defend and defensive players he can evaluate as a peer.

The divisional round loss also clearly is still weighing on his mind, with Titans running back Derrick Henry ranked sixth across all players.

Of course, according to him, the easiest choice of all was Humphrey's first.

Hard to disagree with him on that one.

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