Former Pro Bowl receiver retires after six seasons

Steve Smith has decided to retire after six seasons in the NFL

Steve Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has decided to call it quits after six seasons in the NFL. Smith played his first four seasons with the New York Giants where he looked like he was going to become a star. In fact, in Smith’s third year, he caught 107 balls for 1,220 yards and caught seven touchdowns. Then during his fourth season he suffered a knee injury that required microfracture and mosaicplasty surgery to repair cartilage in the back of the joint.

Smith was never the same player after the injury and ended up leaving the New York Giants on bad terms. He rejected a five-year deal worth $35 million the Giants offered him shortly before suffering his knee injury. The next year instead of taking the Giants one-year deal they offered him, he decided to sign with the Eagles instead.

Smith now tired of being just another player has decided it’s best to retire. Smith has bounced around since leaving the Giants and will retire without ever playing a game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Via USA Today:

Smith was no longer content with such an existence and has decided to retire after six seasons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday, thus putting an end to what was once a promising career that began with the New York Giants in 2007.

The former second-round pick, who set a Giants franchise record with 107 receptions in 2009 (most in the NFC that season) after making some big catches as a rookie on the way to Super Bowl XLII following the 2007 campaign, hasn’t been the same player since suffering a knee injury in 2010 that required microfracture and mosaicplasty surgery to repair cartilage in the back of the joint.

“I’ve been blessed to play the game that I love at the highest level for the past six years. I will always cherish my time with the New York Giants and our Super Bowl victory in 2007,” said in a statement distributed by the Buccaneers.

“I also want to thank the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers organizations for the opportunities they gave me. This was not an easy decision, but it’s the right decision for me at this time.”





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