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The latest insight-turned-rumor, is Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Steve Smith will not be the number one wide receiver in Carolina. However, there’s a catch to that. Are you surprised? Neither am I.

Here’s the deal…after the jump, of course.

Earlier in the offseason, like around March I’d say; Smith stated he knew that he wouldn’t be the number one receiver in Carolina forever, and he was accepting of that. It’s reality. We don’t want a Terrell Owens on our hands, nor do we want a Brett Favre-type in Smith; he wants to go out with class. One day — some year — when Smitty decides to hang his cleats up, it will be for good. Good grief, we will miss Steve Smith, both on and off the field. But every players’ career has a sunset at some point, before the darkness of forever engulfs it completely.

Already, media moguls have been semi-blowing this one out of proportion. Maybe you won’t perceive it that way in the video, but in the written part, I did.

Steve  Smith is in the golden years of his career. Some might say he’s nearing the golden years of his career.

He was projected — by some talking head ass-clown, to be nothing more than a punt returner in 2001. Okay, perhaps I am harshing the guy too much, but again, don’t make ridiculous sensationalizing predictions on a person’s career when they haven’t even had a chance to show what they might be able to contribute.

On an off-note; while looking up Smith’s stats on NFL.com, do take notice that Steve Smith of the New York Giants had almost double the catches as THE Steve Smith, yet with fewer catches, Smitty still out-gained the other Steve Smith in average yards per carry, in 2009. He didn’t have as many yards receiving as Junior did, but he still out-gained him on the average with half as little passes thrown his way. Plus, they both tied for number of touchdowns.

Thus, Smitty is not quite in the twilight of his career. We’ll gauge him to be somewhere in the “late summer,” at this point of his career.

Unfortunately, there are very few — if any — Steve Smith highlight videos on YouTube, so I am forced to make use of one from the 2008 season. Which, isn’t that much of a difference. It’s not like I’m showing a highlight video from six years ago, let’s say.

So enjoy! Because in four years, Steve Smith might not be the number one receiver in Carolina. Until then, I’ll leave you with two of my favorite quotes from Smitty.

“You don’t think I’m one of the best? You better check your reference.”

“89′s in the building, 89′s in the building!”

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  • jrauhauser

    Steve IS the man. With a more accurate and reliable QB under center, this can only prolong his career.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      Yeah, I’d have to agree with you there, Jeff. Thank you for the read and comment!

  • Dennis Delaney

    Steve Smith will always be a #1 in my playbook. And yes I have alot of respect for a player who knows his time is near and is able to ‘admit’ his due, unlike some others we wont mention (cough) Brett Favre (cough). Eric, who do you think will be replacing him? Good read Eric, thanks!

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      Thank you for the read and comment, Dennis.

      Who will be replacing whom, Favre? Lol. I’ll say Tarvaris Jackson at some point.

      Seriously, who replaces Smith? At this point I really can’t say. It could be someone on the roster already; perhaps if the transition from college QB to NFL WR works out for Armanti Edwards, he could be the guy in roughly four years. It could be someone else too, not even on the roster yet.

  • Saintsfan

    Steve smith is one tough guy!! A very gifted and talented receiver..one of the best in history I might add. He’s burned alot of cornerbacks in his day for sure!

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      Thank you for stopping by, Saintsfan!

      I don’t want to harp on Smith so much, but at the same time, I can’t — nor will I — deny a man credit for what he’s due. He’s proven anyone wrong who has an ounce of doubt about his ability. He’s made an example of just about any defense that’s tried to stop him, too.

      Like he said, you can contain me, but you can’t stop me. I think anyone would agree. Any front office would still love to have THE Steve Smith on it’s roster.

  • Saintsfan

    You’re welcome Eric. And you’re right not many defensive backs can stop him. Once he’s past a defender..it’s history! Any team would love to have him.

    He’s such a huge threat!