The curse of the torn Achilles plucks Steve Smith Sr. from today’s game early.
Late in the third quarter of the contest between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Diego Chargers Steve Smith hauled in a catch in typical Steve Smith manner. Shortly after the run that followed Smith grabbed at the lower part of his leg, indicating that he needed to come off of the field. The veteran Pro Bowler had to be carried off of the field and never returned after that play. News came after the culmination of the contest of the severity of Smith’s injury.
It was only moments before that play that Steve Smith had moved into 10th place on the all time receiving yards list, surpassing Vikings great and Hall of Famer Cris Carter. What makes this especially painful to witness is the possibility that this may have been Steve Smith’s last game in the NFL. After already alluding to the fact that his playing days are drawing to a close, the world was ready to see one of the best go out on top of his game. Steve Smith was originally the face of the Carolina Panthers for many years before they cut him two years ago. Smith ended up with the Ravens and turned in one of the best performances by a 30+ year old wide receiver in recent memory.
It would be a shame if this was our last memory of Steve Smith Sr. The injury might be a sign that his time really is up.