Steve Smith Thanks Panthers Fans with Newspaper Ad

A week after he was released by the Panthers, former receiver Steve Smith bought an ad that will run in Saturday’s Charlotte Observer. Smith thanked fans and teammates for their support during his 13 seasons in Carolina.

Smith wrote, “I will always consider myself a Carolina Panther, and I look forward to the day when I get to come home to celebrate my career, and retire in the city I’ve grown to love and appreciate very much.”




  1. Larry Clay says:


  2. sandra sanchez says:

    I will miss you dearly Steve Smith there will never be anyone quit like you
    I love the Panthets not sure if I can still watch since you are gone
    JERRY Richardson should be ashamed of hisself . We as Panther fans are not pleased at all wiyh his decision he has msde. But I wish you well with the Ravons and I will be watching you. I Love you always your loyal fan Sandra Sanchex

  3. Beth Walker says:

    Class act!

  4. It is gonna be strange to see him in another uniform next season. Business is business though and the only way to truly rebuild is through the draft. This is a good year to be targeting WR help and I’m sure the Panthers will probably double dip at the position. Definitely a smart move by Smith’s camp to silence the whispers of him being a distraction in the locker room.

  5. What a class act! I know my fellow Ravens fans look forward to his presence on our team. I am sorry to the Carolina fans, as we know how hard it is to lose a beloved player to free agency, but we will take good care of your guy! Thank you to the Carolina Panther family & fans for supporting Steve Smith and making him the amazing person and player he is!

  6. I think once he feels all the love we have for our players he might change his mind

  7. Diane Killian says:

    I want to wish Steve Smith and his family all the luck and love in the world. He is an amazing player and upstanding man. Im going to really miss seeing him play for the Panthers. The Panthers will always be my team but I will surely pull for the Ravens whn they play to. May God richly bless you in everything you do young man. Love you,Diane

  8. Thank you Steve. Your dedication and joy in playing is an inspiration to every child and amateur athlete. It was a blast watching you every Sunday. God Bless!

  9. This is the ugly ‘business’ side of the NFL…or is it? Panthers’ GM basically gave away all the WR’s, including Smith, an outstanding, tenacious competitor who deserved better. Way to go Gettleman. Fool. I guess last season’s record/playoff run was an aberration.

  10. Steve Smith brought a heart and fire to the team and the town that will be sorely missed and nearly impossible to replace. He will be missed and I wish him all the luck in the future. Thanks for all the highlights Smitty.


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