By Jon Meoli
The Baltimore Sun
6:18 PM EDT, August 11, 2014
The last time he spoke to the media during training camp, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said it was going to be hard to stand before reporters every week and compare his time with the Ravens to his years with the Carolina Panthers.
However, the San Francisco 49ers media wasn't here for that, and when one reporter asked Monday about his transition from Carolina to Baltimore, the Ravens' newest wide receiver had some fun with the question.
"To go through it, I just [needed to] be me," Smith said. "I had to find a place to stay, figure out where the restrooms are, find out which trainer tapes the best."
Smith and the gathered reporters laughed, but then he kept going. Smith said he liked that the address of the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills was 1 Winning Drive, but learned the hard way that it doesn't come up in the GPS on his "little gadget thing."
Smith, 35, also said he learned that Avis is a little more expensive than Hertz at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, another important portion of the transition.
But then the veteran got serious, and talked about how he wanted to be a mentor to the young players and get to know the Ravens while he is here. He said he wants to be able to say that after his career is over, he knows the men they are, as opposed to the football players they are.
"That’s really what I’m working on with these guys, is being able to know when they need some help with some things, and also, when I need some help with some things," Smith said. "That’s been really cool and fun to go through. I still talk to guys [from Carolina].
"I had a conversation with [New England Patriots WR] Brandon Lafell, just going [over] some transitioning stuff. He called me up and said, ‘Hey, bro, I need to talk.’ So we talked over the phone for about 30 minutes. It was about life. It wasn’t about football."
Maybe we're done asking Smith about his transition for the time being, though it's certainly nice to get his advice on matters of finance and the future every once in a while.
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