Steve Smith Sr. could be the highlight of Thursday Night Football TV channels

Legendary NFL wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. jokingly warned that if the Pittsburgh Steelers players weren’t careful, he would dress again.

The Cleveland Browns may have easily won with one-man wrecking crew Nick Chubb, but Jacoby Brissett’s association with Amari Cooper shouldn’t be overlooked.

Cooper caught seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And if Steve Smith Sr. is qualified to take on the Steelers, he guarantees some of those Steelers wouldn’t even have seen the field for the game.

Smith Sr., who is now an analyst for NFL Network, chatted on the sidelines with his mic in hand when wild Steelers players hyped for the game came awfully close to knocking Smith off his.

“Tell you what: one of these guys hit me even though I’m not in uniform, they won’t be playing tonight!” Smith joked.

In a purely comedic stroke of genius, Smith smiles for 17 seconds before following his zinger.

“They want me to come out of retirement – they don’t want that!” said Smith.

Steve Smith Sr. warns Pittsburgh Steelers against pushing him out of NFL retirement

What’s fantastic about having Smith as an analyst is that he brings his trash-talking nature to the dressing room, allowing all fans to indulge in his quips about opponents. Few players have masters the art of trash talk Just as Smith did during his illustrious 16-year NFL career.

When for example Smith heard that the Panthers were considering a trade for Baker Mayfield in April, Smith offered the world his real-time reaction to the news.

But Smith, like many of the league’s biggest trash talkers, can back up anything he says with his game. When former Saints head coach Sean Payton was recently asked which player he never got to coach which he wished he could, Payton named his longtime NFC South opponent.

“Steve Smith was that one guy,” Payton said. “We would chat with each other. He was competitive. He would definitely be one of those guys.”

As for the tweeting, according to Payton, that was a positive sign.

“Probably that means I have a lot of respect for it [them]’ Payton said.

Smith is also respected by his NFL Network peers for his candid perspective.

“Nobody’s offering that!” laughed NFL Network analyst Colleen Wolfe as Smith grinned for the camera.

If Steve Smith Sr. stays retired, at least NFL fans can still enjoy his competitive nature as a hands-on NFL analyst.

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John Verrall

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