Former Panther Steve Smith says home is still the QC

He’s a force on the field, and in the community.

Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. was one of the greatest Carolina Panthers players of all time, and most certainly a fan favorite. He played for the Carolina Panthers for 13 seasons before he was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014.  There's a common exchange he has with Panthers fans when he's in the Charlotte area.

“People say what are you doing here, and I say what do you mean, I never left," Smith said. "I said it when everything went down, I still live here, I don’t work here anymore, but I still live here. People move on from jobs.”

Smith says his heart is in Charlotte, and will always remain in the QC. “I have residency here, my kids go to school here ,I pay taxes here,” he said. 

When Smith isn’t playing on the football field, he’s working tirelessly on his foundation, the Steve Smith Foundation, benefiting victims of domestic violence, a cause that is dear to his heart. “My mom is a survivor of domestic violence," Smith said. "I’m that child that they say statistics are about, and I know as an adult the ramifications it’s had on me, and how I see things.”

In the off season he works with his foundation, while spending time with his family, the top priority in his life. He plans on sticking around, and calling Charlotte home for as long as he can. Smith said, “Whether it’s Panthers and Ravens, it’s not about what team you’re on, it’s about what city we’re invested in, and that’s Charlotte.”

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