Steve Smith has officially retired from the NFL.

The former Carolina Panther said last week that he was “89 percent” sure he’d retire, but ended the debate after Baltimore’s 27-10 loss vs the Bengals on New Year’s Day.


Smith was interviewed by CBS’ Jenny Dell, saying “Yeah, that’s it,” when questioned about if he’s done. The vocal wide receiver couldn’t contain his emotion after the game while speaking about his family.

I’ve got a beautiful wife at home, Angie, and four kids that need their dad,” Smith said, fighting back tears. “And I need…I need my kids, so I’m going home to Charlotte to build my family.”

Smith, who still maintains his home in Charlotte after spending the first 13 years of his career with the Panthers, said his family wants to build a new home in the area.

“I’ve got a lot of catching up to do,” Smith said. “This game has given me a lot, but at the same time, I need to give my family more.”

Smith gave thanks to the important people in his life with a special pair of cleats for Sunday’s game. The Panthers and former quarterback Jake Delhomme was included on them, as well as Smith’s former teammates and parents.

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