I'm calling it now... Steve Smith will break the Panthers all-time receiving record this week

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

I was debating if I needed to dodge this for fear of jinx, but I laugh in the face of such superstitions! This weekend Steve Smith will surpass Muhsin Muhammad as the Carolina Panthers all time leading receiver. It was something that got lost in the shuffle a little bit with Cam Newton's emergence, but we need to make sure this momentous achievement for Smitty doesn't ignored.

Smith is now sitting at 9,233 yards, just 22 yards shy of Muhammad's mark. Smith is already the Panthers' leading TD scorer with 54 touchdowns, and following Sunday's game he'll have the yards. The only remaining receiving record for him to get is total receptions, which he needs another 60 receptions to beat Moose's 696 number.

It couldn't be more fitting in a year where Smitty has been rejuvenated by an open offense and a strong armed rookie QB to have him capture the record now, it's just a shame he won't do it at home.

After the jump and look at Smitty's career stats

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2011 Carolina Panthers 3 3 16 349 21.8 77T 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2010 Carolina Panthers 14 14 46 554 12.0 39 2 1 9 9.0 9 0 3 2
2009 Carolina Panthers 15 15 65 982 15.1 66 7 5 22 4.4 17 0 1 0
2008 Carolina Panthers 14 14 78 1,421 18.2 65T 6 5 40 8.0 23 0 1 1
2007 Carolina Panthers 15 15 87 1,002 11.5 74T 7 9 66 7.3 22 0 1 1
2006 Carolina Panthers 14 14 83 1,166 14.0 72T 8 8 61 7.6 24T 1 2 0
2005 Carolina Panthers 16 16 103 1,563 15.2 80T 12 4 25 6.3 20T 1 2 1
2004 Carolina Panthers 1 1 6 60 10.0 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 Carolina Panthers 16 11 88 1,110 12.6 67T 7 11 42 3.8 14 0 5 0
2002 Carolina Panthers 15 13 54 872 16.1 69 3 1 -4 -4.0 -4 0 5 2
2001 Carolina Panthers 15 1 10 154 15.4 33 0 4 43 10.8 39 0 8 3
TOTAL 636 9,233 14.5 80 54 48 304 6.3 39 2 29 11

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