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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/26/08 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith leaps into the end zone for a touchdown Sunday during third quarter action vs the Arizona Cardinals. Smith caught a pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme for a 65 yard score. The play was challenged by the Cardinals and upheld as a touchdown. Following a John Kasay field goal, the Panthers led the Cardinals 24-23. The Panthers would defeat the Cardinals 27-23 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - Charlotte Observer
    12/18/05 Panthers Steve Smith gets twisted in the air as he scores a touchdown over Saints' Josh Bullocks (#29) as Terrence Melton (#51) and Ronald McKinnon (#59) close in during the 1st quarter. DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    (01/10/09) Panthers owner Jerry Richardson kissed Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith before the game Saturday night. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    1/03/04 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith falls into the end zone after catching a touchdown pass as Dallas Cowboys (41) Terence Newman tries to knock the ball loose during third quarter action Saturday. DAVID T. FOSTER III
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) celebrates a pass reception from quarterback Cam Newton (1) during fourth quarter action vs the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Jaguars 16-10. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    8/2/09 Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith talks with the media outside the team's dormitory on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC Sunday morning. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/7/08 Lake Norman Wildcats (10) Jaquez Vanderburg listens closely as Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith talks about position on a route during practice Tuesday. Smith helped coach the Lake Norman Wildcats as part of Powerade's Coach for the Day Contest. The Lake Norman High football team was recently crowned the winner of the contest with an entry submitted by kicker, Sully Shidler, who wrote explaining why his team would benefit from Smith's coaching. Smith offered tips, a talk to the team, participated in drills and activities and signed autographs. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    12/14/08 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith leaps into the air to grab a pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme during first quarter action as Denver Broncos (34) cornerback Josh Bell looks on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The catch resulted in a 27 yard pickup putting the Panthers on the Denver 15. The Panthers defeated the Broncos 30-10. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    8/3/09 Carolina Panthers (41) rookie cornerback Captain Munnerlyn knocks the ball away from (89) wide receiver Steve Smith on a pass reception attempt during practice Monday morning at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/7/08 Lake Norman Wildcats (2) Brad Chamberlain applies defensive pressure on Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith as Smith makes a cut during practice Tuesday. Smith helped coach the Lake Norman Wildcats as part of Powerade's Coach for the Day Contest. The Lake Norman High football team was recently crowned the winner of the contest with an entry submitted by kicker, Sully Shidler, who wrote explaining why his team would benefit from Smith's coaching. Smith offered tips, a talk to the team, participated in drills and activities and signed autographs. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/7/08 Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith jokes with Lake Norman High School football coach Scott Sherrill Tuesday evening during the team's practice. Smith helped coach the Lake Norman Wildcats as part of Powerade's Coach for the Day Contest. The Lake Norman High football team was recently crowned the winner of the contest with an entry submitted by kicker, Sully Shidler, who wrote explaining why his team would benefit from Smith's coaching. Smith offered tips, a talk to the team, participated in drills and activities and signed autographs. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    8/6/09 (L-R) Carolina Panthers wide receivers (87) Muhsin Muhammad and (89) Steve Smith joke around as they prepare for practice Thursday afternoon at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    6/16/10 Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson talks with wide receiver (89) Steve Smith during the team's OTA practice Wednesday. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    9/21/08 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith is grabbed around the face mask by Minnesota Vikings (23) cornerback Cedric Griffin following a pass reception during first quarter action at the Metrodome as Vikings teammate (25) safety Tyrell Johnson looks on. Griffin was called for a face mask on the play. The Vikings defeated the Panthers 20-10. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    12/28/08 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith fights to pick up yardage as New Orleans Saints (42) cornerback Jason David goes for the tackle during first quarter action Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 33-31. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    12/28/08 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith celebrates his 54 yard pass reception from quarterback (17) Jake Delhomme vs the New Orleans Saints during third quarter action Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 33-31. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    12/28/08 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith celebrates his 54 yard pass reception from quarterback (17) Jake Delhomme vs the New Orleans Saints during third quarter action Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 33-31. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    11/30/08 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith jokes with head coach John Fox prior to game action vs the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Panthers defeated the Packers 35-31. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    11/30/08 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith catches a pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme during fourth quarter action as Green Bay Packers (21) cornerback Charles Woodson applies defensive pressure. Smith would take the ball to the one yard line setting up a rushing touchdown by running back DeAngelo Williams to give the Panthers a 34-31 lead. The Panthers defeated the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin 35-31. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - charlotte observer
    1/8/06 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith fights to pick up extra yardage as New York Giants (23) cornerback Corey Webster, (26) safety Brent Alexander and (44) linebacker Kevin Lewis go for the tackle during first half action Sunday at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. JEFF SINER jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/05/08 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith continues to fight for extra yardage following a pass reception as the Kansas City Chiefs tries to surround him Sunday. The Panthers defeated the Chiefs 34-0 at Bank of America Stadium. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/26/08 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith is unable to make a pass reception from quarterback Jake Delhomme during second quarter action Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/26/08 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith glances back toward an official after crossing the goal line for an 18 yard touchdown pass reception as Arizona Cardinals (26) cornerback Roderick Hood gives up the chase during third quarter action Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers would defeat the Cardinals 27-23. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    12/9/08 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith laughs while sitting with teammate (4) kicker John Kasay during fourth quarter action Monday vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 38-23. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/18/09 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith hangs suspended in the air as he turns to watch Tampa Bay Buccaneers (51) linebacker Barrett Ruud intercept an overthrown pass from Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme during third quarter action Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fl. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 28-21. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    12/14/08 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith looks upfield following a pass reception during fourth quarter action Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Broncos 30-10. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) cuts upfield between Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tanard Jackson (36) and Mason Foster (59) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011. The Panthers won, 48-16. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) celebrates his first down catch late in the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 24, 2013. The Panthers won, 20-16, for their 7th win in a row. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - Staff Photographer
    10/22/06 Panthers' Steve Smith (#89) makes a catch over Cincinnati Bengals' Landon Johnson (#59) during the 3rd quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Smith caught 8 passes for 126 yards, but the Bengals went on to win, 17-14. DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - MCT
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) jumps over Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson (26) following a pass reception during second-quarter action. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Washington Redskins, 33-20, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, October 23, 2011. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    4/30/11 (L-R) Carolina Panthers DeAngelo Williams, Cam Newton and Steve Smith talk during teammate Jordan Gross' charity kickball tournament Saturday at Providence High School in Charlotte, NC. The game benefits cystic fibrosis. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) goes up for a reception past Atlanta Falcons' Dunta Robinson (23) in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2011. The Falcons won, 31-23. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) celebrates a reception against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2011. The Falcons won, 31-23. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) tries to pick up extra yardage following a pass reception from quarterback Cam Newton (1) as Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud holds onto his ankle during second quarter action Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Looking on are Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson (53) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (91). The Falcons defeated the Panthers 31-23. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) celebrates his touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the endzone during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium on October 30, 2011. The Vikings won, 24-21. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) hangs on to complete a 36-yard reception past Washington Redskins' Josh Wilson (26)and Reed Doughty (37) in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011. The Panthers won, 33-20. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) catches a pass from quarterback Cam Newton (1) during third quarter action Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Redskins 33-20. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) makes a pass reception from quarterback Cam Newton (1) during third quarter action as Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson applies defensive pressure Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Redskins 33-20. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) leaps into the air to make a pass reception from quarterback Cam Newton (1) during third quarter action as Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson applies defensive pressure Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Redskins 33-20. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) gets hit late by New Orleans Saints' Roman Harper (41) after scoring a touchdown in the first half at Bank of America Stadium on October 9, 2011. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) fights to free himself from Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) following a pass reception during second quarter action Sunday, October 2, 2011. The Bears defeated the Panthers 34-29 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) fights to pick up yardage following a pass reception as Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) and safety Brandon Meriweather (31) look to make the tackle during third quarter action Sunday, October 2, 2011. The Bears defeated the Panthers 34-29 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) celebrates his first catch of the day during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers on September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Green Bay won, 30-23. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) reaches up for the ball, as Green Bay Packers' Charles Woodson (21) falls down, during the fourth quarter on September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Green Bay won, 30-23. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) watches the ball bounce away after being stripped of it while being hit by Green Bay Packers' Morgan Burnett (42) and Nick Collins (36) during the third quarter on September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Green Bay won, 30-23. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    9/18/11 Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) celebrates a pass reception from quarterback Cam Newton (1) during second quarter action vs the Green Bay Packers Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Packers defeated the Panthers 30-23. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    9/18/11 (Center) Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) eludes the grasp of Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) following a pass reception Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Packers defeated the Panthers 30-23. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    9/18/11 Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) catches a deep pass from quarterback Cam Newton (1) during fourth quarter action as Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson applies defensive pressure Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Packers defeated the Panthers 30-23. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    9/1/11 Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) jumps in the air during team introductions prior to playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    9/1/11 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith gives quarterback (2) Jimmy Clausen the okay sign as they ran through drills Thursday evening at Bank of America Stadium prior to action vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    8/9/11 Panthers Steve Smith (#89) warms up with the team during morning practice at Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) grips the ball in the driving rain during evening practice at training camp on August 6, 2012 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. The team was pulled off the field due to weather. The practice has been postponed until Tuesday morning. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    7/31/11 Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith smiles as he walks to the practice field Sunday evening at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    7/30/11 (Center) Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith enjoys a laugh with teammates (L-R) (12) David Gettis, (15) Wallace Wright and (19) Trent Guy Saturday during the team's first training camp practice at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    7/29/11 Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith talks with the media after arriving at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC Friday to begin training camp. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith picks up yardage as he watches receiver (11) Brandon LaFell's block on Minnesota Vikings (20) cornerback Chris Cook during third quarter action on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith and (1) quarterback Cam Newton laugh together on the team's bench during first quarter action vs the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith tosses footballs to a receiver prior to the team's fourth preseason game vs the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith grabs ahold of (90) defensive end Frank Alexander along the team's sideline after Alexander was ejected from the game vs the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Alexander was ejected during late second quarter action. The Panthers led at the half 7-3.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith pulls in a pass reception from quarterback (1) Cam Newton during first quarter action as New Orleans Saints (28) cornerback Keenan Lewis applies defensive pressure on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    With fist raised Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith runs off the field smiling as he celebrates the team's victory over the St. Louis Rams 30-15 on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith hugs (58) linebacker Thomas Davis following the team's victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.co
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receivers Steve Smith (89) and Domenik Hixon (87) watch teammates run through a drill during practice on Thursday, January 9, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Steve Smith, Panthers wide receiver, takes his time thinking about a fitness and health question he knows the answer to during a PLAY 60 event at Springfield Elementary School. Almost 700 Springfield Elementary School students hopped, cheered, danced and screamed for Carolina Panthers players Steve Smith, Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly dying an interactive NFL PLAY 60 pep rally and game show held at the school Monday December 10, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Steve Smith, Panthers wide receiver, takes his time thinking about a fitness and health question he knows the answer to during a PLAY 60 event at Springfield Elementary School. Almost 700 Springfield Elementary School students hopped, cheered, danced and screamed for Carolina Panthers players Steve Smith, Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly dying an interactive NFL PLAY 60 pep rally and game show held at the school Monday December 10, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Steve Smith, Panthers wide receiver, takes his time thinking about a fitness and health question he knows the answer to during a PLAY 60 event at Springfield Elementary School. Almost 700 Springfield Elementary School students hopped, cheered, danced and screamed for Carolina Panthers players Steve Smith, Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly dying an interactive NFL PLAY 60 pep rally and game show held at the school Monday December 10, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith makes his way through a gauntlet of hands as he makes his entrance at Springfield Elementary. Almost 700 Springfield Elementary School students hopped, cheered, danced and screamed for Carolina Panthers players Steve Smith, Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly dying an interactive NFL PLAY 60 pep rally and game show held at the school Monday December 10, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith fights for yardage following a pass reception as New England Patriots (25) cornerback Kyle Arrington looks to make the tackle during third quarter action on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Patriots 24-20. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith catches a pass from quarterback (1) Cam Newton during first quarter action as New England Patriots (31) cornerback Aqib Talib applies defensive pressure on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers led the Patriots 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith smiles as he poses with former Panthers running back Stephen Davis prior to game action on Monday, November 18, 2013. The Panthers hosted the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith smiles as he walks to the sideline to greet former Panthers running back Stephen Davis prior to game action on Monday, November 18, 2013. The Panthers hosted the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith is congratulated by wide receiver (11) Brandon LaFell following Smith's pass reception from (1) quarterback Cam Newton during second quarter action vs the New York Jets on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Jets 30-20.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jordan Gross greets now former teammate Steve Smith after Gross' press conference to announce his retirement as a pro football player. The Carolina Panthers held a news conference to announce Jordan Gross retirement from the team after 11 seasons.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith stops to autograph his cleats following the team's annual Fan Fest practice at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, August 3, 2013 with the inscription "2013 Fan Fest, Colossians 3:17." Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith laughs while celebrating his knock down of a pass to wide receiver (2) Brenton Bersin during the Panthers' annual Fan Fest practice at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Smith was playing defense during the series. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith fights to pick up yardage following a pass reception as Atlanta Falcons (25) safety William Moore looks to make the tackle during first quarter action on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Falcons 34-10.
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    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith points to the sky as he is introduced prior to action vs the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, December 9, 2012. The Panthers defeated the Falcons 30-20. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) watches his teammates warmup prior to action vs the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. on Sunday, December 29, 2013. Smith did not play due to a sprained knee.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith catches a touchdown pass from quarterback (1) Cam Newton during second quarter action as Kansas City Chiefs (38) defensive back Neiko Thorpe looks on at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. on Sunday, December 2, 2012. The Chiefs defeated the Panthers 27-21. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receivers (89) Steve Smith and (11) Brandon LaFell look over information on the team's sideline during first quarter action vs the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The Bills defeated the Panthers 24-23. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith celebrates a pass reception during third quarter action vs the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The Bills defeated the Panthers 24-23. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith sits on the team bench watching a replay of action vs the Buffalo Bills during third quarter action at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The Bills defeated the Panthers 24-23. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver (89) Steve Smith blows a kiss to the stands prior to first quarter action vs the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) makes a pass reception as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) makes the tackle during first quarter action in NFL Divisional action at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers lost to the 49ers 23-10.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) celebrates his touchdown pass reception from quarterback Cam Newton (1) during second quarter action of the team's NFL Divisional game vs the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Newton (1) as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown applies defensive pressure during second quarter action of the team's NFL Divisional game on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) picks up yardage against the Arizona Cardinals defense in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 6, 2013. Phoenix won 22-6. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) celebrates a reception near the endzone against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter of their season opening game at Bank of America in the on September 8, 2013. Seattle won, 12-7. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Seattle Seahawks with Cam Newton (1) in the second quarter of their season opening game at Bank of America in the on September 8, 2013. Seattle won, 12-7. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) celebrates his touchdown reception as Seattle Seahawks' Bobby Wagner (54) looks on in the second quarter of their season opening game at Bank of America in the on September 8, 2013. Seattle won, 12-7. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) secures a touchdown reception over Seattle Seahawks' K.J. Wright (50) in the second quarter of their season opening game at Bank of America in the on September 8, 2013. Seattle won, 12-7. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) makes a reception as Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas (29) wraps him up in the third quarter of their season opening game at Bank of America in the on September 8, 2013. Seattle won, 12-7. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith laughs during stretching on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - MCT
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith speaks with the media on Friday, July 27, 2012 after arriving at Wofford College to begin training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith runs down the field for 66-yards following a pass reception as New Orleans Saints (24) cornerback Corey White chases during fourth quarter action on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Saints 35-27. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) holds up the ball after making a touchdown reception over Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson (21) in the second quarter on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Panthers led, 14-7, at halftime. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) hauls in a touchdown pass over New Orleans Saints' Jabari Greer (33) in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012. The Saints led, 24-17 at halftime. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Bob Leverone - AP
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) catches a pass as Atlanta Falcons' Dunta Robinson (23) defends during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) slips past New York Jets' Antonio Allen (39) during the first half at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013. The Panthers won 30-20.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) after playing at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 8, 2013. New Orleans won, 31-13.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) heads up field after making a reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013. Panthers won 27-6.
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) makes a reception on 4th down late in the game as Miami Dolphins' Brent Grimes (21) and Chris Clemons (30) converge on him at Sun Life Stadium on November 24, 2013. The Panthers won, 20-16, for their 7th win in a row. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) gets knocked out of bounds by New England Patriots' Aqib Talib (31) in the second half at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013. Panthers won 24-20. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) makes a reception past St. Louis Rams' Janoris Jenkins (21) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium on October 20, 2013. The Panthers won, 30-15. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith and John Kasay talk following Kasay's retirement announcement on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium. Kasay a kicker signed a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers so that he could retire as a Panther. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - charlotte observer
    Jerry Richardson and Steve Smith
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    9/3/09 (L-R) Carolina Panthers running back (34) DeAngelo Williams listens to wide receiver (89) Steve Smith on the team's bench during first quarter action Thursday evening at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers trailed the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-0 at the half. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    12/28/08 Carolina Panthers (89) wide receiver Steve Smith celebrates his 54 yard pass reception from quarterback (17) Jake Delhomme vs the New Orleans Saints during third quarter action Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 33-31. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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