The amount of disrespectful comments I've read on this forum about smitty is atrocious, how many of you would even be panther fans if smitty wasn't playing his ass off for us through all those down years? some you guys must of forgot how many times he bailed out not just Delhomme but us as a team. Yes this is a business, but the most important thing about a business is the customers. And the customers are us fans, and if you don't love Smith or think he should be treated like the team captain he is, then you're not a real fan. Period.
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I pull for the team, not the players. With luck, the team will still be here in 20 years, none of the current players will. I was there in the beginning, the VERY beginning and I wish this franchise had been run from day 1 like a business rather than the charity it has been for 15 plus years.
A multimillionaire has already been given what he is owed. The NFL is based upon current physical prowess and projected performance, not past accolades and nostalgic memories.
That is what tribute videos are for.
I love Smitty but if Jerry Rice can be shown the door if he didn't want to cooperate, so can Mighty Mouse. The 2014/15 SB Champ will not look back and say, "Thank goodness we listened to our heart rather than doing what is best for the team".
I would be a fan if Steve Smith would have been drafted and played his entire career with the Falcons. Steve Smith does not define the Panthers and Steve Smith does not make me a fan. He is a part of our lore and I will cherish every game but time marches on.