Steve Smith's competitive streak did him in

Say what you want about Steve Smith, but one thing is clear: The man is a competitive freak.

How else do you explain him moonlighting in the spring in an adult flag football league? Sure, perhaps it wasn’t the brightest move to make. That much is evident as Smith heals from surgery to heal a broken arm, an injury that will have him sidelined until the end of training camp for the Carolina Panthers. The hope is the 31-year-old wide receiver is back in time for the regular-season opener.

“Obviously, I put my team and myself in a bad situation by playing," Smith told WFNZ-AM in Charlotte, according to an Associated Press report. “But that wasn't my intention and wasn't what I thought the outcome was going to be.”

“I wish I could take it back. But I am a regular guy outside of football. I mow my grass, too. I can get my finger chopped off fixing my lawnmower. I could roll my ankle playing tag or slip-n-slide with my kids. In hindsight, yeah, I won't do it again. But I was just having fun, playing with some guys.

“If you get out of your little shallow box, you would understand it's more than just money for me in this game. This is what I grew up playing, and it was my offseason. Until freaking Father's Day, nothing had happened."

Smith has no plans to continue his flag football career while the one that has paid him tens of millions of dollars continues.

“That would be best for everyone,” he said.

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