Ravens' Steve Smith set to play final NFL game
Steve Smith is ready to call it a career.
With his team eliminated from playoff contention, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver told reporters during his media availability that Sunday's matchup against the rival Cincinnati Bengals will likely be his last NFL game.
"I'm about 89 percent sure," Smith joked, referencing his jersey number.
"I'm pretty sure I know what I want to do. I've got great support from my family, my wife supports me whichever way I want to go. My boys want me to still play, but there's a little girl, my baby who wants her daddy.
"Football is a conduit, something that gives you a platform, good and bad, but it gives you an opportunity. Football has given me more than I probably could give football back. This is probably my last game."
"Steve, will this be your last NFL game?" pic.twitter.com/51uMixg98l-- Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 28, 2016
After finishing what he called an "emotional" day at practice, Smith said he is packing up in Baltimore and putting his career in boxes.
"It's been a crazy, unbelievable opportunity," he added ahead of the match in Cincinatti.
"I'm going to miss it. I'm going to mourn. It's something that's been part of my life for 16 years. There will be a transition."
Smith, who is in his third season with the Ravens, previously played 13 years with the Carolina Panthers after being selected out of the University of Utah in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
He had announced he would retire following the 2015 season, but decided to give it another year after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury last November.
Smith has been elected to five Pro Bowls, won two Super Bowls, and sits in seventh place on the NFL's all-time career receiving yards list with 14,697 yards.
The 37-year-old wideout has 67 catches for 765 yards and five touchdowns this season and will look to extend those numbers one last time at Paul Brown Stadium before hanging up his cleats for good.