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Steve Smith Sr. featured on "A Football Life"


Steve Smith Sr., the Panthers' all-time leading receiver, will be featured on the NFL Network documentary series "A Football Life" on Friday. The hour-long episode airs at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Smith, originally a third-round draft pick who spent 13 years with Carolina, owns franchise records for catches (836), receiving yards (12,197) and touchdown receptions (63). He was released after the 2013 season and joined the Baltimore Ravens for what's expected to be the final three years of his career.

Smith originally said he planned to retire following the 2015 season, but being taken off the field with a season-ending Achilles injury early in 2015 wasn't the way he wanted to go out, so he returned for the 2016 season.

Former Panthers teammates Jake Delhomme, Ricky Proehl and Jordan Gross are interviewed during the episode, which examines Smith's intense on-field persona and his journey to becoming one of the game's most dynamic wide receivers.

"His greatest attribute," Delhomme said during the episode, "is competitive arrogance."

Smith had many memorable moments during his time in Carolina, but the episode reveals how much the 2005 season meant to him.

Smith broke his leg in the first game of the 2004 season but returned with a vengeance the next year. He claimed the NFL's receiving "triple crown", leading the league in catches (103), yards (1,563) and touchdowns (12).

"You cannot measure a man's ability to play this game based on his stature," Smith said, reflecting on that season.

A look at some of the best pictures of Steve Smith Sr. during his career with the Panthers.

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