Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith: I'm still making plays

Dozens of Charlotte media members gathered in the Bank of America media room for Steve Smith’s teleconference from Baltimore.

Spoiler alert: He didn’t have any bulletin-board material to offer.

“Well, y’all are gonna make up something anyway so what’s the sense?,” Smith said.

In a 15-minute interview, Smith talked about how much he missed North Carolina, how he admits Sunday’s game against the Panthers isn’t just any other game and the biggest similarity and difference is between the two franchises.

“Similarities: 89’s making plays. Difference: I’m in Maryland,” Smith said.

This preseason, Smith talked about how the Ravens’ “bully mentality” fit him well. He expanded on those comments.

“That attitude fits me. I was told to be myself, so that’s what I’ve been. I’ve been myself. And I enjoy being myself. Everybody else is taken, so I just got to be myself,” Smith said. “And I enjoy being myself. I’m comfortable being in my skin. I am the person that God made me, and when I’m not on your team, other fans and other people don’t like me. but when I’m on your team, people enjoy me.”

Smith still comes to Charlotte frequently during the season. He was in town with his wife and children two weeks ago following Baltimore’s Thursday Night Football win against the Steelers, and he even came to Charlotte this past Sunday night after the Ravens’ win against the Browns.

“Thirteen years, I miss everything about Carolina,” Smith said. “I miss being at home. I miss my friends, guys that I’ve grown with and they’ve grown. Of course. But also understand it’s a business, and sometimes in business you’ve got to temporarily go somewhere else.

“I’ve said and I’ll continue to say it. I’ve appreciated the opportunity that Mr. Richardson to see the world, to change my family’s legacy as far as where I grew up from back home in L.A. and how we grew up. Carolina is my home and it’ll always be my home.”

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