ARLINGTON, Tex. — Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. insisted that he didn't start thinking about reaching the 1,000-catch milestone until last season. As it turned out, a season-ending Achilles' tendon injury last November only delayed the inevitable.
Smith became the 14th player in NFL history to hit the 1,000-catch plateau when he hauled in an 22-yard pass from Joe Flacco on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter of the Ravens' game today against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
Smith, as he promised in an interview with The Sun last Wednesday, tossed the ball toward the sideline for safekeeping.
The other 14 players with 1,000 career catches are Jerry Rice (1,549), Tony Gonzalez (1,325), Marvin Harrison (1,102), Cris Carter (1,101), Tim Brown (1,094), Larry Fitzgerald (1,086), Terrell Owens (1,078), Reggie Wayne (1,070), Jason Witten (1,064), Andre Johnson (1,062), Anquan Boldin (1,044), Isaac Bruce (1,024) and Hines Ward (1,000).