Steve Smith: At My Age, I Get Up Every Morning With A Purpose, With A Goal I Want To Accomplish.”

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The Drive Tuesday 8-13-13 -  Steve Smith calls in on his way back from Spartanburg to talk with Taylor Zarzour about his expectations for the upcoming season, what makes him excited to play in the NFL after 13 seasons, and we get his impressions on the rest of the receiving corps and who will be stepping into the 3rd position.

At age 34, like Steve Smith is, so many NFL veterans lose the passion and determination to put in all the hard work that is required for their job, 89 tell us why he is still as passionate as ever.

“Sometimes guys don’t have that key role and because they don’t have that key goal they lose that thirst and desire to play, what are you going to be passionate about? Sitting on the bench?…I am lucky enough in that I have that key role still.”

The training camp for the Carolina Panthers ended today and the 12-year veteran talked about some of the younger Panthers who have stepped up so far.

“In the WR department, Armanti Edwards has stepped up, tremendously…..Brandon LaFell caught a touchdown in the preseason game Friday night….A guy that I’m always tough on, and will always be tough but that has really stepped up is Josh Norman…things are coming easy to him(Norman)”.

A growing concern for this year’s Carolina Panthers is their offensive line, the 3-time All-Pro WR offered his thoughts on fans’ worries.

“They are going be concerned because they aren’t familiar with the names, they aren’t comfortable…sometimes change is good, sometimes change is necessary…They are gelling and working together and they are getting better everyday.”

The life-long Panther, making 5 Pro Bowls with the team, offered a great compliment to our area before he went on his way:

“Charlotte is home, and there’s no place I’d rather play, no place I’d rather live than Charlotte, North Carolina.”

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