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Steve Smith on Fred Smoot: 'I destroyed his career'

Recently described by Dan Hanzus as "the baddest man on the planet," Steve Smith has gone next level with his interviews this season.

The Carolina Panthers wide receiver dropped the hammer on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib after flat-out emasculating Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins in Week 7.

Smith's latest victim is former Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot, who hasn't played since 2009.

"A guy that I take pride in -- I destroyed his career -- is Fred Smoot," Smith said Wednesday on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show. "He was never the same after. After coming in Bank of America Stadium, things just went downhill (for him) from there."

Smith humiliated the trash-talking Smoot to the tune of a franchise-high 201 yards and a touchdown in a 2005 game in which Smith unveiled his rowboat celebration as a shot at the Vikings' infamous love boat scandal.

"Whatchamacallit was talking to me in the pregame," Smith said about Smoot after the game. "When somebody is banging on your door, I am not going to hide in the corner ... I am going to open it."

Smith quipped that he remembers the game like it was yesterday.

Does Smith's claim of ruining Smoot's career have any merit? The cornerback played well enough in his first four seasons to land a $34 million contract from the Vikings in 2005. A year and a half later, he was unceremoniously dumped, finishing out his NFL career as a coverage liability with the Redskins.

Smoot was perhaps the first defensive back to learn the "rules and regulations of the game" after raising Smith's hackles. For entertainment's sake, it's a good thing he wasn't the last.

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