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Encyclopedia > Steve Smith (NFL)
Steve Smith

Steve Smith in Panthers Training Camp
Date of birth May 12, 1979
Place of birth Lynwood, CA
Position(s) WR
College Utah
NFL Draft 2001 / Round 3
Pro Bowls 2002, 2005
Awards 2005 Co-NFL Comeback POY
Statistics
  • Pro Football Reference
  • DatabaseFootball
  • ESPN
Team(s)
2001-Present Carolina Panthers

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High School Years

Smith 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. University High School (known as Uni) is a secondary school located in West Los Angeles, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California near the border of Santa Monica. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A womens 400 metre 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 remarkable football player, and easily 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 stunning several spectators with amazing 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. Taylor helped mold Smith into a generous and disciplined person. Division I (or DI) 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 quickly established himself as the premier wideout in the Mountain West Conference. While at the University of Utah, Smith set the record for yards per catch, averaging an impressive 20.6, and was chosen to play for the conference’s all-star team twice. After playing an outstanding game at Blue-Gray all-star game the 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. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 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 outstanding performance was rewarded with an invite to the Pro Bowl. Together, with Todd Sauerbrun, they were they 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 Categories: | ... Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is an American football running back who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas. ... Marshall William Faulk (born February 26, 1973 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football player in the National Football League. ... Derrick James Mason (born January 17, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American football player. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... 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 incredible 2003 season, and further improved his statistics. During NFC Divisional Playoffs, Smith caught a 69 yard pass, and ran it for a touchdown that; the play would later go on to be voted as the single greatest moment in team history by Panther fans. 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. ... NFC may refer to any of the following things: The National Football Conference, one of the two constituent conferences of the U.S. National Football League (NFL). ... City Foxboro, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Knowles Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, 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 with a major impact, leading the league with 1,563 receiving yards and tying for receptions (103) and touchdowns (12). 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 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 (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ...


After pulling off a decisive 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 stunning, but 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 at the NFC Championship. While 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, Jersey Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi 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. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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 Foxboro, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... 2005 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Tedy Bruschi Tedy Lacap Bruschi (born June 9, 1973 in San Francisco, California) is an American football player. ...


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 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. Look up May in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Queen City, Hornets Nest Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina 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 erred 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

Although Smith may not have the size of other elite receivers such as Terrell Owens or Randy Moss, he possess superb footwork, game-breaking 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 top-notch speed, and jumping override his pedestrian frame restrictions. Terrell Eldorado Owens (born December 7, 1973, in Alexander City, Alabama), is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders NFL franchise. ...


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, 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 (1977... 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 Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... A longboat is a large boat powered by multiple oars and carried on a ship (especially sailed merchant ships). ...


Trivia

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External links

  • Steve Smith's Posey Foundation Official Site
  • Steve Smith at ESPN.com
  • Steve Smith's page at the official Panthers website
  • New York Times: "Panthers' Smith: Fast Food to Fast Lane"
Preceded by
Drew Brees
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
2005
(Co-Award Winner Tedy Bruschi)
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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