Wide receiver Steve Smith was cut by the Carolina Panthers after spending the first 13 years of his career with the organization, and it sounds like he is going to remember the way he left the team.
The former Panthers wideout made headlines when he called into Charlotte's WFNZ's Bustin' Loose after the move was made official. Wherever he ends up next season, he is going to be ready to play if he has to go up against his former team.
Smith talked about the future, via CBS Charlotte's Willy J.:
They’re going to get the best, in-shape 35-year old guy that they can get. And if that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium, put your goggles on because there is going to be blood and guts everywhere.
That creates a vivid picture. Wherever he ends up, he's not going have much of a problem getting hyped up for a game against the Panthers.
Even though those words grabbed the headlines, he did say that he still loves the organization as a whole:
A contract is a piece of paper, and I will ALWAYS be a Carolina Panther.
I’m not going to allow maybe an individual that I’ve interacted with for maybe six months or a year to change the relationship that I have with multiple people in that organization for over 13 years. That will never happen, and I won’t do it. Never do it.
He may be upset with one person inside the organization, but Smith is not going to let that that change the way he feels about the only team that he has ever known.
The free agent also went on B/R radio to talk about his current situation. You can check out that interview here: