Former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLII Champion Steve Smith announced today that he will retire after six seasons in the NFL.
Smith entered the National Football League as the New York Giants’ second-round selection (51st overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft, out of the University of Southern California. He played in 64 games with 29 starts, recording 245 receptions for 2,641 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“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. 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.”
Smith had his best season in 2009, earning a Pro Bowl selection, and setting a Giants single-season record with 107 receptions, the most in the NFC and the second-most in the NFL (Wes Welker – 123). His 1,220 receiving yards were the second-most in Giants history and ranked eighth in the NFL that year. In 2008 Smith led the Giants in receptions with 57. Smith left the Giants for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and spent time with the St. Louis Rams in 2012 before joining the Buccaneers this offseason. During the past three seasons, Smith has battled knee injuries that limited him to playing in only 27 of 48 games.
While at Southern Cal, Smith started 27 of the 46 games he played, finishing his career with 190 receptions for 3,019 yards and 22 touchdowns, earning first-team All-American honors in 2006, along with first-team All-Pac 10 honors.
A native of Woodland Hills, Cal., Smith played at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, earning 2002 Parade All-America honors.