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1. Steve Smith

There should be no question that Steve Smith is the greatest Wide Receiver in Carolina Panther history, and as of this writing is the best Panther period.

Like many Wide Receivers, Steve Smith was used as a returner early in his career, and as a rookie, he was a First Team All-Pro leading the NFL in Returns.  Smith would segue more into being a more traditional Wide Receiver and would have his first 1,000 Receiving Yard season in 2003.  Smith would miss most of 2004 after breaking his leg in the first game of the season, but he came back in 2005 and would have the best season of his career leading all NFL Wide Receivers in Receptions (103), Receiving Yards (1,563) and Receiving Touchdowns (12).  He would be a First Team All-Pro, a Pro Bowler and won the AP Comeback Player of the Year.  Smith would continue to be one of the top wideouts in the NFL and would go to three more Pro Bowls and had five more 1,000 Yard Receiving seasons.  

As a Panther, he would tally 836 Receptions with 12,197 Receiving Yards and 67 Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 74th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/21/01.
  • Departed: Released 3/14/14.
  • Games Played: 182
  • Notable Statistics:

    161 Games Started
    836 Receptions
    12,197 Receiving Yards
    67 Receiving Touchdowns
    57 Rushing Attempts
    387 Rushing Yards
    2 Rushing Touchdowns
    178 Punt Returns
    1,652 Punt Return Yards
    4 Punt Return Touchdowns
    98 Kick Returns
    2,371 Kick Return Yards
    2 Kick Return Touchdowns
    0 Pass Completion
    1 Pass Attempt
    120 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (2001 & 2005)
    Second Team All-Pro (2008)
    Pro Bowl Selection (2001, 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2011)
    AP Comeback Player of the Year (2005)
    Most Receptions (2005)
    Most Receiving Touchdowns (2005)
    Most Receiving Yards per Game (2008)
    Most Punt Returns (2002)
    Most Returns (2001)
    Most Return Yards (2001)

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