CB Jimmy Smith retires after 11 seasons with Baltimore Ravens

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CB Jimmy Smith retires after 11 seasons with Baltimore Ravens
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Nearly a decade after the biggest game of his career, cornerback Jimmy Smith will announce his retirement with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday.

A press conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Smith, 34, spent 11 seasons in Baltimore and will forever be remembered for stopping Michael Crabtree from taking a catch on a fourth-baseline stand, which preserved the Ravens’ 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII victory on the San Francisco 49ers. in February 2013.

A year later, 49ers fans were still accusing Smith of holding Crabtree in the end zone.

“The only thing I want now is the championship,” Smith said in 2014. He has a tattoo of the Ravens’ Super Bowl ring on his left forearm.

The Ravens drafted Smith with the 27th overall pick of the 2011 draft. Known for his size and ability to stop top wide receivers, Smith finished with 374 tackles, 74 passes defended, 14 interceptions and three touchdowns.

Injuries kept him from reaching a Pro Bowl. He missed a total of 49 games in his career.

Smith, who was absent from football this season, hinted at his retirement towards the end of last season.

“Part of it is, ‘Do I want to put my body through something like this again?’” Smith said last year. “So I cherish these last games. I’m getting older. I’ve had a lot of injuries and they’re starting to pile up on you.”

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