May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Former New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith retired from the National Football League after knee injuries forced him to miss 21 games since making the Pro Bowl in 2009.
Smith, 28, spent four of his six NFL seasons with the Giants, who selected him in the second round of the 2007 draft, and won a Super Bowl title during his rookie year.
Smith had a career-high 107 catches for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns for the Giants in 2009 before a season-ending knee injury a year later. He’s started only one game since and was limited to 25 catches for 255 yards and one touchdown over the past two years with the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams.
“I’ve been blessed to play the game that I love at the highest level for the past six years,” said Smith, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the offseason. “I will always cherish my time with the New York Giants and our Super Bowl victory in 2007. This was not an easy decision, but it’s the right decision for me at this time.”
In his four seasons with the Giants, Smith had 220 receptions for 2,386 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 107 catches in 2009 set a single-season franchise record and his 1,220 receiving yards that year is the third-most in team history.
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