After signing with the Philadelphia Eagles and failing to give the New York Giants a chance to match the offer, wide receiver Steve Smith was vilified by the Big Blue faithful. He was placed in a category that includes only one other current member: Tiki Barber. In other words, it's not a place you want to be. Still, Smith had an incredible, albeit brief, career with the Giants and was a major reason they were able to win Super Bowl XLII. As such, it seems only fair that his time in New York is celebrated.
Watching this video, it's almost impossible to comprehend that Smith's career ended so quickly. He was exceptionally talented and poised to become a superstar. Alas, money and greed were quick to put an end to everything and Smith decided it was time to retire back in late May.
“I’ve been blessed to play the game that I love at the highest level for the past six years,” Smith said upon announcing his retirement. “I will always cherish my time with the New York Giants and our Super Bowl victory in 2007.”
Despite his early retirement, Smith remains the single-season franchise leader with 107 receptions (2009).
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