Former All-Pro wide receiver with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens, Steve Smith, has joined NFL Network, it was announced today via Smith’s Twitter account @89SteveSmith.
Smith signed a multi-year deal to appear as an analyst on various NFL Network shows, including NFL GameDay First which airs every Sunday at 7:00 AM Eastern during the NFL season. Smith’s NFL Network duties will start immediately as he will be part of the network’s coverage on Super Bowl Sunday from Houston, joining the special 8.5-hour edition of NFL GameDay Morning which starts at 9:00 AM ET.
Smith joins an NFL Network team made up of dozens of former NFL players, coaches, scouts and front office executives including legendary Hall of Fame players Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, and Marshall Faulk.
“I was blessed to have a long and productive playing career on the field but now it’s time to turn my attention to the business of covering the game and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the team at NFL Network,” said Smith. “As the only network with a 100% focus on the sport I love, I was drawn to NFL Network and look forward to joining a team made up of many legends of the game.”
A five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, Smith played 16 seasons in the NFL and amassed 14,731 career receiving yards (7th all-time) and 81 career touchdown receptions. A third-round pick in 2001 of the Panthers, Smith spent the majority of his career in Carolina and is the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving yards (12,197 yards).
A Los Angeles native, Smith played two years at Santa Monica College before transferring to the University of Utah, where he played for two seasons.