Former New York Giant Steve Smith has announced he will retire from the NFL after only six seasons.
Smith was a member of the 2007 Super Bowl Championship team after being drafted in the second round in the ’07 draft.
He had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April after one season with each of the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams, respectively.
WR Steve Smith, who signed with the Bucs in April, has announced that he will retire from the NFL after 6 seasons.—
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) May 29, 2013
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Smith played 46 games for the Giants between 2007 and 2010, starting 26.
He set a single-season club record by snaring 107 passes in 2009 for 1220 yards and 7 TDs. That season, Smith became the first Giant receiver in nearly four decades to represent the club in the Pro Bowl. The former USC star only played in nine games in 2010, missing the last month due to a knee injury.
It was an unfortunate situation for Smith, who had reportedly turned down a $35 million offer before the injury.
In the summer of 2011, Smith, a free agent recovering from microfracture surgery, met with the Giants but did not sign. All indications were he was not fully recovered from the knee procedure. He signed a one-year deal with the Eagles a few days later, spurning the Giants and perhaps shortening his career in the process.
From there, Smith would only play nine games for the Eagles and nine more for the Rams last year. He signed on with Tampa this spring, but it appears he’s done.
Too bad, he was a good guy and a clutch player for the Giants.