Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr (89) lays on the field after being injured against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Heinz Field. The Ravens won the game, 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Smith has never been a guy who goes off quietly into the night. We’ve grown accustomed over the years to seeing Smith go to war on the field with his physicality, and off the field with his mouth. The Ravens’ win over the Steelers Thursday night was no exception.
Smith was his usual fiery self, even giving Steelers’ cornerback Antwon Blake a prolonged death stare as he continued to work his way into the minds of yet another foes’ secondary.
But the best was yet to come. After getting knocked out of the game following a hit by Smith’s former Panthers teammate, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, he had a few choice words that might not go over so well with the NFL.
“After he hit me, he said, ‘How you like that? The best thing I could do without threatening him and saying that I will assault him when I see him is, I will say, I look forward to playing him again and he’s on my lifetime hitlist.”
As you can see in the video, however, it was actually Steelers’ linebacker Lawrence Timmons who hit Smith in his lower back with his helmet. Either way, I doubt Smith cares who actually did the damage.
The mercurial Steve Smith has a long history of clashing with opposing defensive backs, so it’s no surprise that he would make such a statement. Even though he might draw some controversy in this case, it isn’t really his most entertaining or shocking to date.
Thankfully for the Ravens (and fans), Smith’s back injury appears to only be a bad bruise. Which is great news, because we don’t want to miss out on the fiery receiver’s farewell tour around the NFL.
It’s also great news for the Ravens, who need him at a shallow position, and bad news for opposing DB’s. Especially for Mitchell. Be sure and mark December 27th on your calendar, which is round 2 between the Steelers and Ravens, when Steve Smith gets his chance for revenge.
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