Ravens re­ceiver Smith likely to re­tire af­ter Sun­day’s game

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

OWINGS MILLS, MD. | Steve Smith sounds like a man who’s ready to close the door on an NFL ca­reer that has spanned 16 sea­sons and taken him well be­yond his 37th birthday.

“Whether you want to or not, you’ve got to move on,” Smith said Wed­nes­day. “It’s part of life. The world still turns.” The five-time Pro Bowl re­ceiver will play in his 230th NFL game Sun­day when the Bal­ti­more Ravens fin­ish the sea­son against the Cincin­nati Bengals. Stand­ing in front of the me­dia wear­ing a Darth Vader cos­tume, Smith said he’s “about 89 per­cent sure” it will mark the end of his stel­lar ca­reer.

He used that num­ber be­cause he wears No. 89.

Though Smith spoke with deep emo­tion dur­ing his 10-minute ses­sion, he did not for­mally an­nounce his re­tire­ment. He al­ready did that once be­fore, prior to the 2015 sea­son, but ended up chang­ing his mind af­ter tear­ing his Achilles ten­don in Week 7.

This time, when asked about his fu­ture be­yond Sun­day, Smith said, “Foot­ball has given me more than I prob­a­bly can give foot­ball back. For 2016-17 and be­yond, it’s prob­a­bly my last game.”

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