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Former Giants WR Smith retires

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Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, who earned Pro Bowl recognition and a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants before nondescript stops with three other teams, announced his retirement after six NFL seasons.

Smith was attempting to revive his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after catching 14 passes with the St. Louis Rams in 2012.

"I've been blessed to play the game that I love at the highest level for the past six years. I will always cherish my time with the New York Giants and our Super Bowl victory in 2007. I also want to thank the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers organizations for the opportunities they gave me. This was not an easy decision, but it's the right decision for me at this time," Smith said in a statement.

Smith was drafted 51st overall in the 2007 NFL Draft from Southern California and became a reliable target for Eli Manning with the Giants, catching 164 total passes from 2008-2009, with 107 receptions for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in a Pro Bowl '09 campaign with the Giants.

In his career, Smith played in 64 games with 29 starts, recording 245 receptions for 2,641 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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