"This is to notify you that as of today, I, Steve Smith Sr., will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs. I am retiring from the National Football League."
In his illustrious 16-year career, Smith made five Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro twice. He is 12th in career receptions (1,031), 7th in receiving yards (14,731) and 26th in touchdowns (81). He will be missed.
Dec 23, 2016 · 5:51 PM EST
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (thigh, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Smith is good to go to face the Steelers, though he hasn’t cracked 60 yards since Week 11.
Dec 22, 2016 · 6:27 PM EST
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (thigh) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. Smith should be okay to play, but this does qualify as a midweek downgrade. Stay tuned.
Steve L Smith Sr. has vowed that this season will be the last of his 16-year career as a wide receiver. But fellow wideout Mike Wallace said he would love to continue playing with Smith.
“Sixteen years is a long time, but if anybody can keep playing, it’s him,” Wallace said Sunday. “It’s just an honor to be on the team with him. Every day to see the way he works and see how we carries himself, I just love it. I wish I would have had more time with him.”
Harbaugh admitted that trying to persuade Smith to return “has crossed my mind.”
“If he wants to come back, he’s welcome. Absolutely,” Harbaugh said. “You’d like every good football player you can get. But I don’t want to speak for Steve. He’s had an unbelievably awesome career. He got his 1,000th catch so he should be commended for that. Congratulations to Steve on that accomplishment."
The oldest receiver in the league at 37 years, Smith ranks second on the team in yards (516) and touchdown catches (threes) and third in receptions (44). In Sunday’s loss, he paced the offense with eight catches for 99 yards and one score and reached the 1,000-reception plateau.