Some Panthers fans are suggesting on social media that Steve Smith Sr. should become the Panthers’ next wide receivers coach. Smith played 13 seasons with the Panthers and his close friend, Ricky Proehl, recently resigned as the team’s wide receivers coach.
Smith, however, has already balked at that idea.
“If the current coach is stepping down to be with his kids, one of the reasons I’m retiring is to be home more,” Smith tweeted. “Why would I take the job?”
However, Smith still lives in Charlotte and Proehl hopes the Panthers properly honor Smith one day. Smith played his final three seasons with the Ravens, after a bitter parting with the Panthers that resulted in his release. Proehl hopes time will eventually heal the rift between Smith and the Panthers.
“For me personally, I hope it happens because I think he’s the greatest Panther to put on a uniform,” Proehl told the Charlotte Observer. “He owes it to the fans and he owes it to himself. There’s a love affair between him and the fans of the Panthers. They deserve it. That’s my opinion.”
Smith also became a fan favorite with the Ravens, and owner Steve Bisciotti said he would welcome Smith’s return if he changed his mind about retirement. However, Smith sounds happy not to be playing or coaching.
Asked about his plans for the summer, Smith tweeted, “Vegas, Tokyo, Hawaii, just to name a few.”
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