An Ode to Former Eagles WR Steve Smith

With the news of former Eagles WR Steve Smith signing on to drop passes with the St. Louis Rams next season, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect and give thanks for the wonderful memories Smith provided us during the magical year that was 2011.

So hey, Steve Smith. Here’s to one hell of a ride in 2011.

After coming to Philadelphia via free agency last summer, all of us here in Philadelphia knew that we had added a dynamic receiver that would move the chains in critical spots week in and week out. I mean, hey, from 2007 through 2010 you racked up 220 catches for 2,386 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2009 you were a Pro Bowler when you caught a franchise-record 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns for the the Giants. Surely you would bring your skills and experience to Philadelphia and shine in a wide open, fast-break offense.

And that you did. That. You. Did.

I’ll never forget those 11 fantastic catches you posted last season for 124 yards and a touchdown in those nine unforgettable games you played.

I’ll never forget the one catch you had for seven yards against in Washington during that 20-13 Eagles win. That was breathaking stuff. Nor will I ever forget when you slid short of the first down marker on a critical third-down play which forced the offense to punt. So what if your team went on to lose 21-17 in a game they were favored by 14.5 points? The heart and dedication you showed were second to none.

And who can forget that awesome redzone bobble that led to a back-breaking interception against the Giants in Week 3. Without that, the Eagles probably would have went on to win the game and maybe even the NFC East–keeping your former team out of the postseason and ultimately from winning the Super Bowl.

Oh, and then there was that whole opening up a starting spot for Victor Cruz thing, too.

Just awesome stuff. Thank you again, Steve, you know, for the memories.

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