This is undoubtedly the most creative Steve Smith jersey I have ever seen. The person in the picture, Panther fan Ross Levin of Charlotte, is a longtime Carolina PSL holder who was very unhappy that Carolina fired Smith in the offseason.
Levin wore this pieced-together jersey to the Ravens game Sunday. He had earlier taken both a Carolina and Baltimore Smith No.89 jerseys to Christie's alterations on South Boulevard in Charlotte and had them cut in half and then stitched together (the other two halves weren't thrown away, either -- they made a jersey for Levin's wife).
Like many Panther fans, Levin was not at all happy when the Panthers decided to release Smith. "It is just amazing to me we boot our superstar," Levin wrote me in a postgame email.
On Sunday at the Ravens game, Levin said received lots of requests for people to take their picture with him and "hundreds of comments" about the jersey. Most, he said, were of this variety: "What idiot would get rid of Smith? This was before the game. It was obvious to this fan base they got lucky to get someone so special. And just could not understand us letting him go. To them, we looked liked idiots."
Smith, of course, had two touchdowns and 139 yards receiving in Baltimore's 38-10 victory Sunday. As for Levin, he said he will use his PSL tickets for the Panthers-Chicago game Oct.5th. And he is planning on wearing his homemade Smith jersey again.