"Really, I just want to start handing over the torch," Smith said. "I don't want to be one of these guys that can't let it go when it's time to go. To be honest, the next five years I want to enjoy playing. I really haven't enjoyed playing because I've had goals, or because, I want this and that, and in the process I kind of forget that I'm playing out my dream.
"I just want to settle down and fade away -- in a good way, not in a bad way. I want to feel like I'm part of something special to help Carolina be one of those dynasty teams. That is why I say I don't want to complement someone else, I want to add to what they already have."
-Steve Smith 2010
I keep hearing these arguments for Feeley and Bowers. Sometimes with Patrick Peterson if the arguing is great enough. But before we continue this argument any further I want you guys to do one thing. I want you to look at this man in the eyes. Look at him in the eyes.
Look at the eyes of this man, who cares so much about his beloved game of football. Who came so close to getting the greatest prize so many times, just to have it snatched away from him at the last second by those bastardy Patriots or the freaking Cardinals. Look at him in the eyes and tell him "You don't deserve any help Steve. You need to be our #1 for the rest of your career. We don't give a damn if your body is wearing out."
Look at him in the eyes and tell him you don't care. Tell him that you don't care that the Panthers offense was ranked #32 in the nation. Tell him you don't care about him having double teams every year. Tell him you expect him to be able to fight through it and mindlessly pull those 1,000 yard seasons out of his rear at the age of 31 years old.
I want Steve Smith to have several more productive years with the Panthers. Yet even I recognize that Steve Smith is not invincible like he was when he was younger. He's getting older. He's moving slower. His arm has been broken over 50 times. He's a veteran receiver whose age is starting to catch up to him. Yes my friends, there is no denying it. His star is fading, and we have to get him help to keep him going strong!
Are you going to deny what Steve Smith wants most in this world? A heir to carry on his legacy. Are you going to make him cry?