Steve Smith plans to change his name for 2014 season
Earlier this month, the Carolina Panthers decided to part ways from veteran wide receiver Steve Smith after thirteen seasons with the team. Smith, who was drafted out of Utah in 2001, compiled 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns during his time in Carolina. The split between Smith and the Panthers was not very smooth, with the wide receiver saying if he faced his old team in 2014, there would be “blood and guts everywhere.”
Last Friday, Smith signed with the Baltimore Ravens and says he is excited to put on the team’s uniform.
“I love the uniforms,” Smith said. “I look forward to playing well and dressing up in those nice colors. And I look forward to playing with passion and giving it everything that I have.”
Smith, who is expecting a baby son with his wife this summer, also told Ravens.com that he is planning to change his name for the 2014 season.
I am sure Smith considered names like “PantherHater” or “CamNewtonIsn’tRussellWilson” but instead settled on Steve Smith Sr.
Smith’s son will reportedly be named Steve Smith Jr. and Steve Smith Sr. tells the Ravens he has already filed the paper work for the name change.
With a new team, a new jersey and now a new name, it will be weird to see Steve Smith Sr. playing for a team other than Carolina in 2014.