WR Steve Smith 39 receptions shy of 1,000
— It wasn’t a shock that Steve Smith Sr. chose to delay his previously scheduled retirement to play one more season.
The veteran wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens had what he said would be his final season cut short by a torn Achilles on Nov. 1. Those were not the terms he hoped to go out on.
But on Wednesday, Smith admitted that there is another milestone fueling his return.
“One thousand receptions. That’s why, to be honest,” he said. “Why not? You have to have something to strive for.”
Smith sits at 961 career receptions. Reaching his goal will move him ahead of Randy Moss on the all-time list and tie him with Hines
Ward for 13th most in NFL history.
What will he do when he hits the millennium mark?
“I may catch that in my uniform, get in my car and go home,” Smith joked. “Straight from there, drive all the way from M&T Bank [Stadium] straight to Charlotte, one shot.”
Smith moved into 10th place for receiving yards in the Ravens win over the San Diego Chargers, the game he was injured. He was since bumped by Andre Johnson, but needs less than 100 yards to pass Hall of Famer James Lofton to move back into 10th place.
The numbers suggest Smith is headed to Canton himself once he hangs it up.
“You think about the Hall of Fame. You think about the Super Bowl. Now with the way news is going, you think about the Pro Bowl in Orlando,” the 37-year-old said. “You think about a lot of things.”
Smith addressed the media Wednesday after the second day of minicamp. He called himself “day-to-day” in terms of his rehabilitation, but said he had just put cleats on for the first time since the injury.
The Ravens plan to hold Smith out of their four preseason games. That’s fine with him.
“I’ve been very comfortable throughout my career not playing in the preseason, so I don’t have a problem with that,” he said. “Just four games that don’t count and [with] the liability of injury at the senior citizen age that I am, I think probably staying out would be good.”
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. needs 39 receptions to reach 1,000 for his career.