Smith, the 37-year-old receiver who is in his third year with the Ravens after playing 13 years with the Panthers, said today that he expects Sunday's game to be his last.
While Smith started the press conference saying he was "89 percent sure" that he was ready to retire, he gradually sounded like he was at peace with the decision to walk away from the game.
Smith was set to retire after the 2015-16 season, but after suffering a season-ending injury, he made a decision to come back for one more full season. "But for 2016, '17 and beyond, this is probably my last game".
Smith is a five-time Prow Bowl player, with all five selections coming when he was in a Panthers uniform.
Steve Smith Sr. has been one of the most consistent receivers in the league for the past 16 years, but he's preparing to call it a career.
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There is no one else in the sport quite like Steve Smith. He holds the franchise records for receptions (836), receiving yards (12,197) and receiving touchdowns (67). He's had eight 1,000-yard seasons, including his first in Baltimore, and his absence will leave the Ravens without one of their biggest playmakers. A month later, Smith announced that he would return for the 2016 season with the Ravens.
"Today was pretty emotional out on the field because it was windy for a little bit, and some parts of the field were frozen, and the sun was shining, and it was confirmation today". It's about playing. People can say, 'I'm not as good as I used to be, ' but by the end of the day, there are teams hoping to draft a guy like me.
"It's been nothing but an honor and a privilege and a joy", said Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh about coaching the veteran wide out.
Smith is still respected by many in the organization, not the least of whom is owner Jerry Richardson. "He's a dynamic, fiery player that plays every play the way it should be played". Smith continued to play at a high level once he left Carolina.