Former Carolina receiver Steve Smith, pictured in 2013, joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 after spending his first 13 seasons with the Panthers. Smith says he will play his final NFL game on Sunday.
Former Carolina receiver Steve Smith, pictured in 2013, joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 after spending his first 13 seasons with the Panthers. Smith says he will play his final NFL game on Sunday. David T. Foster, III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Former Carolina receiver Steve Smith, pictured in 2013, joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 after spending his first 13 seasons with the Panthers. Smith says he will play his final NFL game on Sunday. David T. Foster, III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Steve Smith deserves to retire as a Panther, but he might have to wait a while

December 28, 2016 05:35 PM

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