OWINGS MILLS – With 997 career receptions, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. should make his 1,000th career catch Sunday against the Cowboys.
Only 13 NFL players have reached 1,000 career receptions. When Smith becomes the 14th, it will be another testament to his excellence and longevity, as he winds down a brilliant career.
Smith is fully aware of the impending milestone, but says it won’t be a distraction Sunday.
“As it gets closer, yes, you think about it,” Smith said. “But you try not to focus on it too much, because then you find yourself either reception counting or yards counting. That is not what you need to do, because when the hard ones come, you catch them, and when the easy ones come, you take off running (and) you drop them. I’m just trying to narrow my focus, focus on every ball and every catch like it is the first one.”
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says he marvels at Smith’s playmaking ability in his 16th NFL season. Smith has caught 36 passes this season for 417 yards and two touchdowns.
“Everything that guy does is incredible, athletically,” Flacco said. “The physical nature of him is…Everybody should look at him, and I don’t know if they should be jealous or what, but they should definitely take notice of how special of a person that they’re watching. I think he’s going to be a guy that we remember for awhile. I’m definitely a very proud person to say that I can play with him. With the things that he’s gone through, and the way that he’s come back this year, I’ll be telling stories about him for a long time, and this just adds to it.”