It may take the casual NFL fan a little while to get use to wide receiver Steve Smith in another uniform besides the Carolina Panthers. Now a member of the Baltimore Ravens, the 35-year-old receiver has an even bigger chip on his shoulder than he usually does entering an NFL season. Smith told the Baltimore Sun on Thursday that he is out to serve “humble pie” to his critics and prove he still has something left in the tank.
The Ravens signed the disgruntled receiver to a three-year $11 million contract in March after he was released by the Panthers. The move by the team he played for all of his NFL career motivated Smith and that motivation is what the Ravens hopes translates on the field this season when the five-time Pro Bowler is inserted into the offense. Smith is confident that he still has some of his best years ahead of him despite his age.
After OTAs on Thursday, he told the Sun, “The sense of urgency, I could really [not] care less about that. The [defensive back] that’s going to be sitting in front of me, he’s going to find out how much I have left in the tank, and he’ll find out real quick.”
The trash talk and his ability to back it up is what has made Steve Smith one of the most colorful personalities in the NFL and it is all because he loves competition. Not only are the players on the field a motivation, he also credits the reporters. He said, “Obviously, you [reporters] seem to always have something to say and have a comment, so I love to read those. And I’d like to serve a little humble pie to you and do a little better than what you think.”
Smith’s production did fall off a bit in 2013, but his toughness continues to remain a key ingredient to his production. If there is something left in the tank, Smith will definitely find it, as the Ravens were one of “five or six other teams” who believe he can still bring something to the field. As far as his former team goes, Smith has not gotten over his grudge, which will make the Ravens game against the Panthers this season very interesting.