Former Panthers’ wide receiver Steve Smith took out a three-quarter page ad in Saturday’s Charlotte Observer to thank fans for their support throughout his 13-year career in Carolina.
The background showed a photo of Smith with his wife and their children.
The letter began, “It’s hard to accurately express all the emotions I have felt over the last several weeks. This has been a difficult time for me and my family, but you all have been a bright spot for us.”
Smith signed a three-year, $11 million contact with the Baltimore Ravens last Friday, just one day after being released by the Panthers.
He thanked the Richardsons, as well as his teammates. “I have learned a lot from you guys and will never be able to replace my time with you.”
He also hinted that he would like to retire as a Panther.
Smith holds multiple records for the Panthers, including most receiving touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards. To read his full Observer advertisement, click here.
Steve Smith thanks fans in Observer ad Saturday
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