The Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 Thursday night in overtime and veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is fuming. No, he’s not mad about the win, mind you, he’s mad at Steelers safety Mike Mitchell for supposedly spearing him in the back.
After the game, Smith, who left late in the third quarter because of back injury, had some choice words for Mitchell, who played with him two seasons ago when the two were both members of the Carolina Panthers.
“How do I feel? Probably for the first time in my career, I feel like I’m 36,” Smith said after the game, according to the Baltimore Sun. “I got speared in the back by an ex-teammate. I kind of know his character, who he is. After he hit me, he said, ‘How do you like that.’”
Smith didn’t stop there as he also said he looks forward to the Ravens next meeting against Mitchell the Steelers.
“The best thing I can do without threatening him and saying that I will assault him when I see him is I will say, ‘I look forward to playing him again,'” Smith said. “He’s on my lifetime hit list.”
So, which hit is Smith mad about? Judging by the tape, it’s this one below, which looks pretty harmless. Was that enough for him to add Mitchell to his “lifetime hit list?”
As far as the hit to the back goes that knocked Smith out of Thursday night’s game, he can blame that one Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
Smith ended the game with 4 catches fir 24 yards and it sounds to me that his ego is likely bruised just as much as his back likely is.