Recently retired Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. has made a quick transition from playing football to talking about it on television. Smith announced Thursday that he had joined NFL Network as an analyst, beginning Sunday at the Super Bowl.


Smith will appear on a variety of the network’s shows next season, including “NFL GameDay First,” which airs Sunday mornings during the season.

Smith’s outspoken personality should serve him well as an analyst. He has made regular appearances on a variety of networks since the Ravens’ season ended. Being an analyst will keep Smith close to the game as he adjusts to retirement.

“I was blessed to have a long and productive career on the field but now it’s time to turn my attention to the business of covering the game and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the team at NFL Network,” Smith said in a statement. “As the only network with a 100 percent focus on the sport I love, I was drawn to NFL Network and look forward to joining a team made up of so many legends of the game.”

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