Carolina Panthers

March 22, 2014

Former Panthers receiver Steve Smith takes out ad to thank fans

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith takes out an advertisement in Saturday’s Observer to thank fans for their support, and suggests he’d like to return to the Panthers for a retirement ceremony when he’s done playing.

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith took out a three-quarter-page ad in Saturday’s Observer to thank fans for their support throughout his 13-year tenure in Charlotte.

Smith, who was released March 13 after the Panthers failed to find a trade partner for him, wrote in the ad “it’s hard to accurately express all the emotions I have felt over the last several weeks.”

“This has been a difficult time for me and my family,” Smith added. “But you all have been a bright spot for us.”

Smith signed a three-year, $11 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens one day after he was cut.

Smith signed the three-paragraph ad, which is accompanied by a photo of him with his family after a game at the Georgia Dome.

Smith specifically thanked Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and his wife, Rosalind, as well as his Panthers teammates.

Smith, the franchise’s all-time receiver leader who holds more than 30 team records, indicated he would like to retire as a Panther.

“I will always consider myself a Carolina Panther,” Smith wrote. “And I look forward to the day when I get to come home to celebrate my career, and retire in the city I’ve grown to love and appreciate very much.”

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