NFL player Steve Smith made headlines on Saturday, but not necessarily for what he did on the field.
The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver definitely turned heads during the first quarter when he was ejected from the preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
However, what the 36-year-old player decided to do after he was removed from the game drew the most attention, according to Daily News.
Instead of sitting on the sidelines or even returning to the team’s locker room, Steve Smith apparently decided to enjoy the rest of the game with his family.
His son, Peyton, posted a picture sitting next to his father on Twitter to prove it — a picture which has since gone viral online.
“1st time I’ve ever gotten to watch a game with my dad. Thanks NFL”
— P (@peytondsmith) August 30, 2015
Peyton also posted a clip from ESPN SportsCenter which also featured his now-viral picture on Twitter.
What caused Steve Smith to get ejected from the game in the first place?
Daily News reports that players on the field started shoving one another after Kamar Aiken, another receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, was slammed to the ground by Keenan Robinson from the Washington Redskins.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh appeared to yell at Redskins head coach Jay Gruden after he ran across the field, according to reports.
However, in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Harbaugh addressed those claims by squashing them.
“I didn’t really see what happened as far as all of that. There were no punches thrown from what I was told, so I’m pleased about that… I didn’t say anything, that I remember, to anybody.”
Earlier this month, Steve Smith made it clear that the current NFL season will be his last. Smith confirmed his upcoming retirement in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, according to CBS Sports.
“I feel like it’s time. If it’s the end, I feel like it’s the best place for it to end. All my chips are on the table.”
Smith first joined the NFL when he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers during the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Steve Smith joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 and will apparently spend the final chapter of his professional football career playing for the two-time Super Bowl champions.
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