CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina's Steve Smith looks to join a list of receiving legends on Sunday by becoming only the 35th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career yards receiving.
He needs 56 yards to reach that mark.
It's a milestone not lost on the 32-year-old Smith.
Smith says reaching the milestone "probably means more to me that it probably should," adding that "it's a moment where time stops and you get to be selfish."
The veteran says no matter how many negative things have been written about him, "the power of public opinion doesn't win on this one." Smith says this is a stat that he's earned with the help of a lot of other people and it "can't be taken away."
Carolina (3-8) plays at Tampa Bay (4-7) on Sunday.
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