Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr., 37, made it clear he would step away from the game after this season. He made good on that vow Friday morning with this official retirement letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. 

You'll notice that the letter is just like the player: short, yes, but an all-time great. 


Two sentences and one parting shot at the league's defensive backs is all it took. 

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In a victory for Baltimore fans, Smith decided to retire as a Raven rather than a Panther.

Smith spent 13 of his 16 season in Carolina and Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he hoped Smith would retire there, but the Ravens were clearly more than a late-career victory lap for Smith. 

He submitted his official retirement on Ravens letterhead and copied team general manager Ozzie Newsome at the bottom. 

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