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Jason Snelling announces his retirement

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The Falcons had a decision to make about running back Jason Snelling’s future with the team before he took it out of their hands on Tuesday.

Snelling announced his retirement from the NFL after seven seasons via the team. Snelling was set to make $1.375 million next season, a good-sized sum for a backup running back on a team that needs to upgrade its offensive line this offseason.

He ends his career with 363 carries for 1,420 yards and eight touchdowns. Snelling was often used on passing downs throughout his career and wound up with 168 catches for 1,249 yards and nine touchdowns as well.

Those are modest totals, but not bad for a seventh-round pick. Snelling started his career with Atlanta as the 244th pick of 2007 draft, so a career of this length was much more than anyone expected when Snelling entered the league. Stephen Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith remain on the Falcons roster at running back.

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15 Responses to “Jason Snelling announces his retirement”
  1. bcfalcon says: Mar 4, 2014 6:13 PM

    Thanks Jason for all you have done for the falcons organization! Enjoy your retirement.

  2. schmitty2 says: Mar 4, 2014 6:30 PM

    Underated player. When he caught a pass out of the backfield he was known to straight bulldoze defenders.

  3. robrocker1959 says: Mar 4, 2014 6:33 PM

    Now you can contact Cheech and Chong and enjoy your favorite past-time. Oh, thanks for the memories.

  4. kane337 says: Mar 4, 2014 6:45 PM

    Jason was a solid back for the Falcons and contributed a lot on special teams. He will be missed.

  5. trevor123698 says: Mar 4, 2014 6:54 PM

    he went out while he still had it. smart move by him. 1 mill after tax should be enough for anyone to live for a very long time and he probably has much more than that

  6. harrycanyon says: Mar 4, 2014 6:54 PM

    If they had gone with him more when Jackson was ineffective, they might have gotten a little more out of the run game. The current OC has no clue how to use a run game.

  7. rg3sus says: Mar 4, 2014 6:59 PM

    If he. Ankles his money he likely has a good size egg to start his life with. Getting out healthy, young and wealthy is something most of us dream of. Good for him

  8. bcajun says: Mar 4, 2014 7:32 PM

    Its ok sorry they never got a superbowl but look at it this way….they never will…WHO DAT AND HAPPY MARDI GRAS

  9. revren10 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:50 PM

    Probably got word he was gonna be released

  10. beckzhere says: Mar 4, 2014 8:00 PM

    He was the best RB in that backfield. A real shame he never got a chance to be a feature back.

  11. salimthadream20 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:18 PM

    Sad to see Jason go! He contributed alot over the past few years and
    Prolly played better than any other RB on the team last year! Hopefully this gies Antoine Smith the chance to break out as he showed flashes of being very good in very limited oppurtunity! Enjoy retirement Jason!

  12. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 4, 2014 9:15 PM

    I always liked using him as a “spell running back” in Madden.

  13. tcstunner says: Mar 5, 2014 12:39 AM

    Smart move by him. He’s made millions of dollars. So he’s getting out young, healthy and wealthy.

  14. vicvinegar00 says: Mar 5, 2014 5:24 AM

    I guess I’m the only one who thinks “professional back up” is the best position in sport.

    Make $500k a year (or $1M in this case) for working out all year and having a sideline seat to watch the game. You don’t play, so less wear and tear on the body for when you do wear out your welcome in the league. If you are lucky, you put in 8 mediocre years and come out with $4-5M in the bank and in great physical shape. Not bad.

  15. gammynomnom says: Mar 5, 2014 6:00 AM

    now if Steven Jackson would be so kind as well…

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