Steve Smith officially retires from National Football League in classic Steve Smith fashion

After 16 years, the veteran wide receiver - who played for the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens - has called it a career, recently announcing his retirement from the NFL.

Smith had already indicated this was his final season in a postgame interview after the Ravens final game of the year.

Steve Smith made his retirement official with this fantastic letter sent to commissioner Roger Goodell. He more than often backed up his trash talk with tremendous performances, emerging as one of the most risky playmakers of his generation.

Amazingly, he finished with just over 1,000 career receptions (1,031, to be exact) and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times in his career. This season, he caught 70 passes for 799 yards and five scores.

After a 16-year National Football League career in which he racked up 14,731 receiving yards and 81 touchdowns, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is finally tossing his cleats over the proverbial telephone wire. There simply won't be another character like him on and off the field.

  • Stacy Allen