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Steve Smith was drafted by the Panthers in 2001 in the third round, (No. 74 overall). It is believed that Smith is the best thing George Seifert ever did for the Carolina Panthers.
As a rookie in the NFL, Smith was primarily used as a kick/punt returner. The first time he ever touched a football in an NFL regular season game it went for a TD as he returned the opening kickoff in the only victory for Carolina in 2002, in Minnesota. As a rookie return specialist, Smith made the 2002 Pro Bowl.
He made headlines in 2002 when a fight broke out between Smith and Anthony Bright during a film study session. Bright was hospitalized for two days and Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault.
In 2002 Smith earned a starting WR spot for Carolina and excelled at the role, starting opposite of Muhsin Muhammad. In the 2004 Divisional playoff game in St. Louis, Smith became the talk of the league when he caught the winning pass in 2OT to propel Carolina into the NFC Championship game, and then into the Super Bowl.
Steve Smith is today viewed as one of the league's best WRs, and went through a stint as one of the most entertaining players in the NFL when he competed against Cincinatti's Chad Ocho Cinco, a former teammate of Smith in college, for TD celebrations.
Smith is also well known for verbal arguments with fans of opposing teams while he is on the sidelines. The release of a youtube video caught alot of attention when Smith was video taped on the sidelines sparring verbal assaults with Eagles fans in Philadelphia. Some of the Eagles fans later stated that Smith was "amazingly entertaining" and that he was one of the funnest in the league to spar with.
In 2008 Smith once again gained national attention when he was suspended the first two games of the 2008 season after physically assaulting Panther DB Ken Lucas during training camp. The two have reportedly mended fences, and Smith's first TD in 2009 he gave the ball to Lucas.
In Smith's career with Carolina, he has caught 509 passes, has 7,348 receiving yards, and 43 TD rec. Smith also has rushed 42 times for 273 yards and has two rushing TDs. As a kick/returner, Smith has two kicks returned for TDs, and four punt returns for TDs.