BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It looked like Smith’s NFL career was over after he suffered a torn Achilles last November (in what he said would be his last season). Instead, the 37-year-old announced last December that he was coming back for at least one more year…and what a year it has been.
When he’s healthy and on the field, Steve Smith Sr. is unstoppable. Here are five of his best moments from last night’s game:
Steve Smith Sr. Becomes NFL’s 8th All-Time Leading Receiver
Steve Smith Sr. passed Reggie Wayne for eighth all-time receiving in yards as the wide receiver caught his 78th career touchdown pass last night. Smith now has 997 career receptions for 14,349 yards.
Next week Smith could pass the milestone of 1,000 career receptions.
It’s Getting Hot In Herrrree
The veteran receiver broke out a familiar, amplifying dance during the pre-game introductions on Thursday night.
As Nelly’s “Hot In Herre,” which Ravens fans know best as theme music for Ray Lewis’ iconic squirrel dance began to play, Smith ran out of the tunnel and paid homage to the Ravens legend with his own version of the dance.
Smith actually reached out to Lewis before the game to get his blessing.
Flacco found Steve Smith Sr. for a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter and then Baltimore extended the lead with a successful two-point conversion to take a 21-7 lead.
“I Work Hard Out Of Fear”
Steve Smith joined the Thursday Night Football postgame show to discuss what reaching 1,000 receptions would mean to him.
Smith took the opportunity to say he’s just working hard because that’s what he does.
USAA Salute to Service Award
Smith has been nominated for the 2016 USAA Salute to Service Award. Smith was nominated as a result of his high support of the military, and his consistent drive to help out whenever possible.
Smith has held a number of free football camps for children of military members. The Steve Smith Family Foundation has paid for military servicemen to participate in various events for charity, such as Smith’s own Lace Up Son 5k in Matthews, North Carolina.