Originally posted on The Sports Daily  |  By Matt Birch  |  Last updated 1/6/17

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith bid farewell to the NFL with a great letter. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Smith told reporters that last Sunday’s Week 17 game against the Bengals would be the final one of his career, and it’ll be sad to see the All-Pro receiver hang up his cleats for good.

Smith was one of the most entertaining players both on and off the field, and was also one of the most productive, as he ranks seventh on the NFL’s all-time receiving  list.

It’s unclear whether he’ll retire as a member of the Panthers or Ravens at this time, but we now have confirmation that he’s calling it quits, after he posted a retirement letter Friday morning. The letter, which he tweeted out, wasn’t the normal heartfelt, emotional one we’re used to seeing from players, though, and it captured Smith’s personality perfectly. In it, he trolls opposing defensive backs, which is the most Steve Smith thing ever.

“I, Steve Smith Sr., will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs,” it reads.

Mike Mitchell and other defensive backs that Smith has gotten into it with can now rest easy. Fans, though, will miss his presence on the field, that’s for sure.

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QUIZ: Name the receiving leader for every season of the NFL in the Super Bowl Era

40 receivers have lead the league in receiving yards during the regular season in the Super Bowl Era of the NFL. How many of them can you name?

Clue: Year - Number of receiving yards

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1966 - 1,266
Pat Studstill
1967 - 1,265
Ben Hawkins
1968 - 1,074
Roy Jefferson
1969 - 1,116
Harold Jackson
1970 - 1,100
Gene Washington
1971 - 1,110
Otis Taylor
1972 - 1,048
Harold Jackson
1973 - 1,116
Harold Carmichael
1974 - 1,092
Cliff Branch
1975 - 1,063
Ken Burrough
1976 - 1,112
Roger Carr
1977 - 870
Drew Pearson
1978 - 1,169
Wesley Walker
1979 - 1,237
Steve Largent
1980 - 1,340
John Jefferson
1981 - 1,358
Alfred Jenkins
1982 - 1,032
Wes Chandler
1983 - 1,409
Mike Quick
1984 - 1,555
Roy Green
1985 - 1,287
Steve Largent
1986 - 1,570
Jerry Rice
1987 - 1,117
J. T. Smith
1988 - 1,414
Henry Ellard
1989 - 1,483
Jerry Rice
1990 - 1,502
Jerry Rice
1991 - 1,523
Michael Irvin
1992 - 1,461
Sterling Sharpe
1993 - 1,503
Jerry Rice
1994 - 1,499
Jerry Rice
1995 - 1,848
Jerry Rice
1996 - 1,338
Isaac Bruce
1997 - 1,584
Rob Moore
1998 - 1,424
Antonio Freeman
1999 - 1,663
Marvin Harrison
2000 - 1,635
Torry Holt
2001 - 1,598
David Boston
2002 - 1,722
Marvin Harrison
2003 - 1,696
Torry Holt
2004 - 1,405
Muhsin Muhammad
2005 - 1,563
Steve Smith
2006 - 1,369
Chad Johnson
2007 - 1,510
Reggie Wayne
2008 - 1,575
Andre Johnson
2009 - 1,569
Andre Johnson
2010 - 1,448
Brandon Lloyd
2011 - 1,681
Calvin Johnson
2012 - 1,964
Calvin Johnson
2013 - 1,646
Josh Gordon
2014 - 1,698
Antonio Brown
2015 - 1,871
Julio Jones
2016 - 1,448
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