Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs the ball in the first half against the New York Jets at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons’ Jason Snelling retires


Although he is just 30 years old, Atlanta Falcons’ running back Jason Snelling announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

“I have decided to retire after seven years in the NFL to spend time with my family,” Snelling said in a statement via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I want to thank Mr. Blank, Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith for providing me the opportunity to play for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are a first class organization run by a first class owner and I am grateful that I got to spend my entire career in Atlanta.”

Snelling rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries last season and has 1,420 yards  and eight touchdowns on 383 carries in his career.

“Jason was a good teammate and a joy to coach,” Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith said in a statement. “He played a number of roles for our team during his time here and was always ready when his number was called. We want to thank Jason for his contributions to our team and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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