ARLINGTON, Texas – Steve Smith Sr. made the 1,000th career catch of his illustrious career Sunday, on a 22-yard completion from Joe Flacco early in the third quarter.
Smith became just the 14th NFL player to reach 1,000 receptions all time, and tying him with former Steelers great Hines Ward, who finished with 1,000 catches exactly.
Smith will likely pass Isaac Bruce (1,024) on the career reception list before the season ends, in what is expected to be Smith’s final season at age 37.
He wanted the 1,000-catch milestone, and figured he would get it against the Cowboys, entering the game with 997.
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However, Smith clearly has plenty left to give the Ravens this season.
The more Smith accomplishes, the stronger his case for making the Hall of Fame gets. It’s not just numbers that define Smith. It’s the energy and leadership he has brought to every game he has ever played. Smith got into it verbally with several Cowboys during this game, and he also delivered some punishing blocks. Smith has had a special career, and he has the numbers to back it up.