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Encyclopedia > Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers)
For the New York Giants wide receiver, see Steve Smith (New York Giants).
Steve Smith
Date of birth May 12, 1979 (1979-05-12) (age 28)
Place of birth Lynwood, California
Height ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Position(s) Wide receiver, Return Specialist
College Utah
NFL Draft 2001 / Round 3/ Pick 74
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 2002, 2006, 2007
Awards 2005 Co-NFL Comeback POY
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
2001-Present Carolina Panthers

Stevonne L. Smith (born May 12, 1979 in Lynwood, California) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Smith, a three-time Pro Bowl contender, has emerged as one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers, leading the league in receiving yards in 2005. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... Steve Smith (born May 6, 1985 in Alaska) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants. ... May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (133rd in leap years). ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total 12. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The or meter (see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... The pound (abbreviations: lb or, sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass in a number of different systems, including various systems of units of mass that formed part of English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU) is a public university in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2001 NFL Draft // 2001 NFL Draft Category: ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 2002 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 10, 2002 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 2006 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 12, 2006 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 2007 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2007, at 1:00 p. ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (133rd in leap years). ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total 12. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...

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Early life

Smith grew up as the only child in a single-parent household. His mother, Florence Young, was a drug counselor. Smith's mother did not make a lot of money, but strived to give him a positive upbringing. She would often take him to work, where the addicts waiting to see his mother, would horrify him. Because of his mother, Smith vowed to stay away from narcotics and alcohol.


Smith spent most of his early years in the Athen’s Park neighborhood of south Los Angeles. Although Athen’s Park was relatively better than other underprivileged neighborhoods in the area, it was still plagued with explicit drug activity and gang related violence. As Smith grew up, he witnessed several horrific crimes. Although many of the crimes did not directly affect him, he was disgusted by the fact that no one cared to correct or improve the situation.


He attended University High School in Los Angeles, California. While enrolled as a student, he distinguished himself as a remarkable athlete, earning a two-sport letterman in both football and track. Smith was also chosen to play for all-star high school football team. In addition to that, he also won several All City honors and set many school records for track. Among other events, he excelled in the triple jump and 300m hurdles. University High School, commonly known as Uni is a secondary school located in West Los Angeles, a district in Los Angeles, California near the border of Santa Monica. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ...


College career

Smith attended Santa Monica College After graduating from high school. While playing for the college’s football team, Smith quickly defined himself as a talented football player, and earned a starting position. During this time, Smith became teammates with future NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson. Smith would go on to play with the All-Western State Conference South during his sophomore year. Santa Monica College is a two-year public community college located in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Chad Johnson (born January 9, 1978 in Miami, Florida), is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. ... The Western State Conference (or WSC) is a college athletic conference that is affliated with the California Communnity College - Commission on Athletics. ...


While impressing spectators with his performance on the football field, Santa Monica’s Head Coach, Robert Taylor, encouraged Smith not play for riches or fame, but to play so that he might earn a scholarship to a Division-I, where he could receive a better education. Smith took Taylor’s advice to heart, and excelled in his academics, not missing a single day of classes while attending Santa Monica. Division I (or D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ...


After completing two years at Santa Monica College, Smith transferred to the University of Utah, where he established himself as a standout wideout in the Mountain West Conference. While at the University of Utah, Smith set the record for yards per catch with a 20.6 average, and was chosen to play for the conference’s all-star team twice. After the Blue-Gray All-Star game on December 25th, 2000, Smith began to receive attention from various NFL scouts. The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU) is a public university in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... The Mountain West Conference (or MWC), the youngest of the college athletic conferences affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I-A, officially began operations in July 1999. ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


Professional Career

Initial success

The Carolina Panthers chose Smith in the third round (74th Overall) during the 2001 NFL Draft. He spent a majority of his season as a kick and punt returner, leading all rookies in net yardage with a 1,994 yards, and landing in fourth place overall behind Priest Holmes, Marshall Faulk, and Derrick Mason. Smith’s performance was rewarded with an invite to the Pro Bowl. Smith joined Todd Sauerbrun as the only players to represent the Panthers in the 2002 Pro Bowl. City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... The 2001 NFL Draft // 2001 NFL Draft Category: ... Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is an American football running back who is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. // Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Derrick James Mason (born January 17, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American football player. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... Todd Sauerbrun (born January 4, 1973 in Setauket, New York) is an American football player. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


During the 2002 NFL season, Smith earned a starting position as a wide receiver and continued to carry out his kickoff and punt return duties. Smith played a critical role for the Panther offense during their 2003 season, and further improved his statistics. During the NFC divisional playoffs, Smith caught a 69 yard pass and ran it for a touchdown in double OT to defeat the Rams 29-23. He went on to catch 4 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff for 30 yards in the Panthers narrow 32-29 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock...


Injury and return

Smith suffered a severe break in his leg during the 2004 NFL season opener against the Green Bay Packers. During the 2005 NFL season, Smith recovered from his injury and returned to the NFL, accomplishing the difficult Triple Crown of receiving by leading the NFL with 1,563 receiving yards and tying for receptions (103) and touchdowns (12). Prior to Smith, the Triple Crown had only been accomplished by Jerry Rice in 1990 and Sterling Sharpe in 1992. He also returned 27 punts for 286 yards, giving him the second highest return average of his career (10.6). The 2004 NFL season was the 85th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders (Green Bay Packers Foundation) Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The term Triple Crown is used in several distinct contexts. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Jerry Lee Rice (born October 13, 1962 in Crawford, Mississippi) is a former football wide receiver in the NFL. Rice is widely regarded as among the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, consistently showing exceptional performance and strong work ethic on and off of the field. ... Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965 in Chicago) is a former American football wide receiver who played from 1988 to 1994 with the Green Bay Packers. ...


After a wild card shut-out victory over the New York Giants (with Smith catching 10 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 12 yards and another score), and delivering a costly upset to the Chicago Bears (Aided by Smith's franchise record 12 receptions for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 26 rushing yards), Smith and the rest of the Carolina Panthers would go on to face the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship. The Panthers would lose the game, 34-14, and Smith would only gain 33 receiving yards, due to excessive coverage. He also returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown in the game. Nevertheless, Smith, along with teammates Jake Delhomme, Julius Peppers, and Mike Wahle were invited to the 2006 Pro Bowl. At the end of the season, Smith shared the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award with New England Patriots’s linebacker Tedy Bruschi. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the augur hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... Jake Christopher Delhomme (born January 10, 1975 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise. ... Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980 in Wilson, North Carolina) is a professional American football player. ... Mike Wahle (born March 29, 1977 in California), is an American football offensive lineman. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... Tedy Lacap Bruschi (pronounced BREW-ski) (born June 9, 1973 in San Francisco, California) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...


After suffering a hamstring injury in training camp before the 2006 season, he returned to the field after missing two weeks of action. [1] During the fourth week of the preseason, Smith pulled a hamstring and developed an ingrown toenail, which sidelined him for the remainder of the preseason and the first two weeks of the 2006 NFL Season. Onychocryptosis, commonly known as ingrown nails (unguis incarnatus), is a common form of nail disease. ... The 2006 NFL season is the 87th season of the National Football League, the major professional American football league in the United States. ...


Personal life

Smith has a wife named Angie, and three children named Baylee, Peyton, and Boston. In his spare time, he coaches his son’s soccer team, and plans to become a full-time youth sports coach once he retires. Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ...


Outside of sports, Smith founded the Posey Foundation in May of 2004, which is eponymous to Demetrius Posey, one of his deceased teammates. The foundation strives to promote the building of friendships between underprivileged and abused children from the Charlotte community. Also, the foundation offers financial support to various charity organizations, and exemplifies and honors ideal mentors for children. Many of Smith’s teammates and fellow NFL players have volunteered their time and effort to help the organization carry out some of its goals and projects. May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Government  - Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Area  - City  280. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


During the 2002 season, in a team video session, Smith's teammate Anthony Bright asked the coaches to re-wind a play in which Smith jarred and Smith took this as a slight on his play. Smith punched Bright in the face, breaking his nose. The Panthers suspended Smith for the offense [2]. Anthony Bright is a Canadian Football League wide receiver for the Calgary Stampeders. ...


Playing style

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Although Smith may not have the size of other elite receivers such as Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson, he possesses superb agility, athleticism, and a determination to get under the ball by using all methods in his arsenal of physical ability. Smith is known as a "little big man," because while small for an NFL receiver, his acceleration, elusiveness, and vertical override his 5' 9" frame restrictions. Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Terrell Eldorado Owens (born December 7, 1973, in Alexander City, Alabama), is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Chad Johnson (born January 9, 1978 in Miami, Florida), is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. ...


While playing, Smith has an indubitable sense of humor, as he enjoys celebrating after catching touchdown passes. It seems Smith’s favorite celebrations involve cradling the football like a baby. While visiting opponents, Smith has been known to mock their mascot. While playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Smith pretended the football was a sword after he scored a touchdown. Later, while playing the visiting Minnesota Vikings, Smith pretended to use the football as a longboats’s oar. However, this drew much controversy, as Smith also used his gesture to poke fun at the infamous “Love Boat” Scandal that was haunting the Vikings at the time. City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... A longboat is a large boat powered by multiple oars and carried on a ship (especially sailed merchant ships). ...


Trivia

  • Among Steve’s tattoos are Papa Smurf, a Superman S, the Tasmanian Devil, the words “Rough and Nasty” and “100% Fool”, and Chinese letters that translate as “Strong Soul.” He also has the names of his wife and children tattooed on his leg.
  • One of Steve’s favorite TV shows as a kid was I Love Lucy. He did not get a color television until he was a teenager, and was surprised to see that the program was black and white. [3]
  • During a 2005 interview with Athlon Sports, Smith said he has always admired the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison.
  • In 2001, Steve was the first rookie to make the Pro Bowl as a special teams player since Tyrone Hughes in 1993.
  • Steve was the only player in 2001 to return a punt and kickoff for touchdowns.
  • Steve’s 404 post-season yards in the 2003 post-season were the most since Jerry Rice gained 409 yards in 1988.
  • In 2005, Steve became the first player since Washington Redskins Art Monk in 1984 to lead the NFL in receptions for a team that ran more often than it passed.
  • Steve and Jermaine Lewis are the only players in history to run back two punts for touchdowns and catch a touchdown pass in the same game.

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Preceded by
Drew Brees
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
2005
(Co-Award Winner Tedy Bruschi)
Succeeded by
Chad Pennington

 
 

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