For some reason, Steve Smith Sr will be retiring at the end of this season.
The Baltimore Ravens star is having an excellent campaign despite suffering four cracked ribs a couple of weeks ago and is playing so well that he is starting to court speculation that a mid-season trade to a Super Bowl contender.
Smith is a strange character, though, and it seems that he would rather retire than leave the Ravens right now.
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The wideout was speaking to Baltimore's official team website when he revealed that if the Ravens did decide to trade him somewhere, he would retire from football altogether.
“If they traded me, I’d quit today,” Smith said. “I like to finish what I started.”
Smith went on to add that he’s more concerned about improving the team that he is currently playing for than potentially winning a Super Bowl.
“We’re trying to fix all the damn holes in this boat right now. That’s what we’re focusing on,” Smith said. “Our focus is on Arizona.”
Hall of Fame Hopes
Smith is doing a respectable thing by wanting to stick with the Ravens, but the fact of the matter is that if he accepted a trade to a team like the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers or Atlanta Falcons, he would have a great chance to finally get his hands on a Vince Lombardi trophy, which would massively boost his hopes of getting into the Hall of Fame.
The Baltimore Ravens could move to 1-6 if they lose to the Cardinals this weekend, which they are expected to do. Steve Smith deserves to bow out on top, even if he doesn't feel it himself.