Carolina Panther Steve Smith “Braces” for a Great 2010

August 21, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If you are a football fan and have been anywhere near a television with ESPN or the NFL Network on, or if you have listened to much sports talk radio, then you probably know that Carolina Panthers wide receiver, Steve Smith, broke his arm this past offseason. 

If you have heard the reports about his arm, it is likely you have also heard his age mentioned.  Smith is now 31 years old. So why do writers and sportscasters like to throw in the fact Smith is now 31?  It may just be guilt by association.
Age means a lot in the NFL—for most positions, that is.  When a running back gets close to the dreaded 30-year-old mark, it usually means his career is near the end.  While some running backs do make NFL rosters into their early- to mid-30s, most do not. 
The toll on a running back's body is just too harsh.  After years of abuse, the running back's knees, ankles, and legs are usually not in very good shape when they reach the age of ...

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