Baltimore Raven receiver Steve Smith officially retired on Sunday (Jan. 1), after the team’s 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Going into the game, he said he was “89 percent sure” it was his final game and confirmed his decision after the game, in an emotional TV interview.
“That’s it,” Smith said, as he bowed his head.
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“This morning my wife sent me a text, and they weren’t here. My family wasn’t here because if they were here, I would have lost it,” he said later, while speaking with media.
“I enjoyed it, but you know it’s over, it’s done,” Smith continued. “I know it’s my time. Some people say, ‘Can I play another year?’ I probably could, but what I lose, I’m not willing to risk.”
When asked how it feels, going interview retirement, he replied: “A little bit of relief. You know playing this game and expectations that are expected from you, it’s a lot of pressure.”
Smith finished his NFL career 12th in receptions (1,031), seventh in receiving yards (14,731), tied for 25th in touchdown receptions (81), 22nd in yards from scrimmage (15,084) and seventh in all-purpose yards (19,146).