OWINGS MILLS – With one game left for the Baltimore Ravens, the career of wide receiver Steve Smith could be coming to an end.
As Smith Sr. prepares for a future after football, some of his fellow teammates commented on his career and what it was like to go against the spark plug wide receiver in practice.
S Lardarius Webb, who used to play cornerback and had many battles against Smith in practice:
“I remember the first day he got here, we got into a fight. It’s been amazing to play with him, to be in the locker room with a future Hall of Famer. Y’all just see the guy who’s on the field. But we see the soft side of him, the crazy side of him as well. The crazy is just him being a competitor. He loves to win. He practices that way, and he plays like that.”
QB Joe Flacco, who developed a chemistry throwing to Smith almost instantaneously.
“Steve’s unbelievable. I have nothing but great things to say about him. I feel very fortunate to be with him. His competitive nature, how he plays this game, he’s definitely unique and a rare breed. Anytime you get a chance to play with a guy that’s really a legend in this game, count yourself lucky.
“He’s just so darn good. He’s powerful. He’s not very big, but he’s so explosive. Can change directions like that. Just so strong, not even for just his size. He’s just a strong dude. The ferociousness that he runs with the ball. And he’s not afraid. When the lights come on, and when the big moments are here upon us, he reacts to it in a positive way.”
S Eric Weddle, a former Charger who played against Smith before becoming his teammate this year:
“He’s one-of-kind. I’ve never seen someone be so magical in a game, whether it’s making a big play, or shrugging off defenders getting that extra yard. It’s been a huge blessing. Just seeing his routine, his fire, his daily activities. You have to get adjusted to that, just his personality, how big it is. What he can do, at his age, his stature? He’s a little guy but he plays like he’s the biggest guy on the field. It’s something that’s inspiring to a lot of us. He’s brought so much to the game, on the field, but more so off the field, what he’s done with his charity work. How special he is, a lot of people don’t know. He’s changed a lot of lives.”
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