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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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