Steve Smith: I’m Not Playing When I’m 40


Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith displayed his traditionally feisty personality and his sense of humor Thursday when the subject of his age and longevity was raised.The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver celebrated his 36th birthday this month as he heads into his second season with the Ravens and his 15th year in the NFL.Ravens’ starting offensive line, top draft picks not at voluntary practiceRavens’ starting offensive line, top draft picks not at voluntary practiceWhen asked when he started getting questions about his age, Smith replied: “Oh, probably after the height questions stopped. It’s just one of those things. I always have someone questioning the height, prototype or age. It’s always something.”Unlike Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, Smith has no intentions of playing past age 40. Rice retired when he was 42 years old in 2005 after setting NFL records with 1,549 catches, 22,895 yards and 208 touchdowns. Jerry Rice is obviously the greatest wide receiver to ever play, and I really don’t have the family structure to chase 40, to be honest,” Smith said. “I have got a lot of things on my to-do list that don’t have anything to do with football. I’m going to take it day by day, but I will not be playing until I’m 40.”

Source: Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun

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