Steve Smith Comments on Criticism from Rookie Cornerbacks

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2016

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 20:   Steve Smith #89 of the Baltimore Ravens runs after catching a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens receiverΒ Steve Smith Sr. has never been great at making friends on the football field, but he seems to be picking up more enemies than usual in 2016.

The 16-year veteran has been called out by a pair of rookie cornerbacks already this season, something that doesn't seem to be causing Smith too much stress.

"I've had two rookies that unfortunately, they have lost all respect for me, so it's been really keeping me up at night," Smith said sarcastically Wednesday, per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. "It's tragic. I've been losing sleep. With all the lack of sleep, I know we lost, but I was almost unable to send my cleats and gloves all the way to Canton because of the lack of the sleep thing."

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Jalen Ramsey started the trash talk after their Week 3 matchup during which Smith caught eight passes for 87 yards.

"He's still a good player. I'll say that about him," Ramsey said, per Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com. "But I don't respect him as a man."

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown jumped in on the Smith hatred after battling the receiver in Week 11.

"I had respect for him before the game, but after the game I have no respect for him anymore," the rookie said, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.

Smith went for 99 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. The source of Brown's criticism came from Smith's "yapping after every play."

Although Smith isn't guaranteed a spot in the Hall of Fame, the 37-year-old got closer to one Sunday with his 1,000th career catch. He now has 1,005 receptions for 14,448 yards and 79 touchdowns in his time with the Ravens and Carolina Panthers. He is a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and the 2005 Comeback Player of the Year.


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