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Gridiron Breakdown: Steve Smith vs. Ric Flair


Here's a minor confession (which shouldn't come as a surprise to any of you if you follow me at all), I knew this Ric Flair thing was going to cause a dustup. When I heard he met with the San Francisco 49ers my immediate thought was, "Why would he do this to the Carolina Panthers?" This wasn't quite Hulk Hogan donning the black-and-white of the New World Order, but it was pretty close.

So, it came as no shock to me Steve Smith called him out for it. In fact, I expected it, too. With that in mind, the only thing we can do with these two is take them to the grid!

And without further ado ...

Person Steve Smith
Ric Flair Give it to ...
Height: 5-9 6-1 Push. Both might be undersized for their given professions, but both excelled.
Weight: 185 lbs. 243 lbs. Smith. Much leaner and nimble.
Age: 34 64 Smith is the younger competitor. But maybe Flair should get bonus points for being "just" 64 because he looks 80.

Wide receiver

Retired wrestler
Smith. He's still at the top of his game.
Team: Carolina Panthers Four Horsemen Flair. The Horsemen have the rings.
Hall of Fame: Perhaps Yes Smith. That's right, I'm giving it to Smith because Flair tarnished his legacy when he had his glowing retirement from the WWE, but then started to compete in TNA.
Nickname: None Nature Boy Flair, obviously. But how does a player of Smith's caliber not have a great nickname?
Catchphrase: "Ice up, son." "Wooooooo!" Flair. I like "Ice up, son" but will it have the staying power of Flair's signature? I mean, just got to a crowded mall and yell out, "Woooooo" and you'll likely have a handful of people join you.
Championships: 2003 NFC Champions 16-time World Heavyweight champion Flair
Known for fighting: Aqib Talib Sting Flair
Finishing move: Touchdown reception The Figure Four Leg Lock Smith
Defining moment of his career: Caught a 69-yard TD pass in the second overtime to beat St. Louis in the 2003 playoffs Winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble to win the WWF championship

Flair. I mean, beating St. Louis is pretty cool, but Flair started at No. 3 and won the whole thing. And then there was this.

(Kudos to commenter Stephen Giuffrida for catching our intial error of listing Flair as entrant No. 1)

You might be interested to know: Was a teammate of Chad Johnson at Santa Monica City College Survived a plane crash many thought would ruin his career Flair
Has he ever been in Studio 66: Yes No Smith


While Flair appeared to be winning this one, I'm going to award Smith the victory based on a disqualification. There is no way you can turn your back on your hometown, Flair. I really hope the Panthers reach out to Sting to have him give the pregame talk.

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