By Larry GLicken

If things weren’t bad enough for the Atlanta Falcons, they just took a turn for the worse. 30-year-old Jason Snelling has called it a career. He is retiring from the NFL.

With the announcement, the Falcons will lose a valuable member of their offensive back-field. Snelling played in the NFL for 7 years. He said; I have decided to retire after seven years in the NFL to spend time with my family.”

“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 was drafted by the Falcons in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL draft. He had 363 carries for 1,420 yards with eight touchdowns and a career average of 3.9 yards per carry while also compiling 168 receptions for 1,249 yards and nine touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield.

He was a good receiver out of the back-field and that is what the Falcons are going to miss most about this guy. Not many -30-year-old healthy guys call it a career.

He didn’t have a very productive 2013 season, he ran for 164 yards on 44 carries with one touchdown in 14 games. He also added 29 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the passing game.

 

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