Posted: 5:30 pm Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Falcons RB Jason Snelling to retire 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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After seven seasons in the NFL, Falcons running back Jason Snelling retired from the team on Tuesday.

“I have decided to retire after seven years in the NFL to spend time with my family,” Snelling said in a statement released by the team. “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 had 363 carries for 1,420 yards with eight touchdowns and a career average of 3.9 yards per carry.

The versatile runner also added 168 receptions for 1,249 yards and nine touchdowns.

In 2013, Snelling 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.

“Jason was a good teammate and a joy to coach,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

Snelling started to win over offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter late in the 2012 season and received more action at fullback and running back.

His play and the return Bradie Ewing led to the team not attempting to re-sign fullback Mike Cox.

Snelling had 19 carries for 58 yards and caught 31 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown in 2012. He also had a touchdown reception against Seattle in the playoffs.

Snelling was also a key contributor on special teams, where he was tied for third on the team with five tackles in 2012. He was a seventh-round pick (244th overall) in the 2007 NFL draft out of Virginia.

He was arrested last season on traffic and drug charges last season in Winder.

36 comments
DavidThead
DavidThead

Man this is messed up...he never really got his chance to shine, and you know he is just retiring so he doesn't face the substance abuse suspension for that latest arrest of his.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Sorry to see hear this. the guy is a great utility player. runnit up the middle. catch it from out of the backfield or pick up a punishing blitz. He was fun to watch.  Good luck sir. I'll miss your play.

Marmoset
Marmoset

he been washed up a couple of years---atl need to go younger at this position

ATL89
ATL89

Thanks for your dedication and your contributions to the Organization, and best wishes for your years of retirement.

96JB
96JB

getting out while he can still get out of bed and have clear vision and walk. Don't blame him.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Jason Snelling was a very good football player, who when his number was called always gave a hundred percent. I hope every thing goes well with is health and his life after football. Not to bad for a seventh round pick.!

CARPE DIEM
CARPE DIEM

I just want to thank Jason for all his efforts both on the field and off. He was a tough running back with great hands and a leader on the special teams. The Falcons will miss you Jason.


Also, Jason served as a wonderful role model to people with epilepsy/seizure disorders. He was very generous with donating his time and sharing his story of not giving up with children who have epilepsy for both Children's Healthcare and the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Jason is definitely one of the 'good guys" in the NFL as far as being involved in the community.


Stay in touch Jason... we love you. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

                                                                      Your friends at the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia

JSSN
JSSN

On a serious note, I hope that Jason Snelling can enjoy retirement. Moreover, I hope he can put his legal issues behind him. He was a fine NFL special teams and role player.

JSSN
JSSN

One more "weapon" myth just went poof! 

What will I miss more, "Snelling needs more burn" or "Snelling's YPC means he should start?"

Memories...Of the Myths they left behind! 

Chop_Chop
Chop_Chop

Wouldn't be surprised if the concussions did it. Good player, though. Hope he keeps his nose clean and finds something productive to do in the next chapter of his life.

ATLFan
ATLFan

I wish Snelling nothing but the best in this next phase of life. Whether there is a "back story" or not, the guy always gave his all on the field for the Falcons and will be missed.


Mr_Ected
Mr_Ected

More to this story than DOL is giving up.  What's the REAL reason he's headed to the exit?


SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

He left us too soon, so many great memories of dropping him on his backside behind the line of scrimmage!  

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Better get Kadeem Carey from Arizona!!!

JChikara
JChikara

Best of luck to Jason Snelling, a guy who played hard every time he touched the ball. He was always Matt Ryan's go-to guy on the shuttle passes into the end zone. Now it gets interesting to see if they will just let Antoine Smith get some more carries or draft an RB like Tre Mason. 

JamesSturgis
JamesSturgis

I always  thought he didn't get enough playi

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

Wow, he retired!?! I wonder what the back story is. Maybe the concussion? Snelling was dependable man. To leave 1.5 million on the table is surprising, but you gotta respect the guy for doing it if his heart wasn't into playing. Much respect for his play for the home team. That year when Turner went down and Snelling carried the groceries showed a lot about his fortitude as a football player.

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Just grate. He was the best RB they had. Now they have 2 drat 1 win they coud of had of used that pix on an OL

RBI
RBI

I am sad to read this.  Snelling has been a favorite of mine because of his grit, his tenacity, but mostly his production.  He played the game the way you would hope everyone would.


Jason, you will be missed.

TimA13
TimA13

Much respect for Mr Snelling.

Hellasirrah
Hellasirrah

He should have been our starting RB.  He was similar to Michael Turner.

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

He's probably just tired of holding Steven Jackson's purse on the sidelines.

ReggieTheMailman
ReggieTheMailman

Somewhere Emmit Smith is smiling...looks like his record is safe now

dggfhb
dggfhb

Hey more cap space for the Falcons. Now we really need to draft a RB in a late round. Someone like Kapri.


BeastOPS
BeastOPS

Wow, didn't really see that coming.  But he has been in the league a few years now.  I never really understood why he wasn't used more.  Best of luck to you Jason!

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

@SeenThatB4 You truly are classless. The man is retiring. Show a trace of dignity if you have it in you. But I doubt it.

Mora-less-Petrino
Mora-less-Petrino

@RBI  Concur with your comments. For a 7th rounder, he has been a good value. Hated he had the legal issues. Hopefully that was a one time event.

JSSN
JSSN

@ReggieTheMailman  

I do wish Snelling well, he brought every ounce to each game (unfortunately to Barrow County traffic stops too)!

Good luck in Superior Court!

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

@FalconUGAFan

Retiring?  How old is he?  30?   No, he's finally going to go look for a real job.   Dignity?  LOL!  PuLeeeze!  

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

Grown men should never use "LOL".

Twisterfire
Twisterfire

@DawgGoneIt @SeenThatB4 @FalconUGAFan  You guys are wasting your time. You are arguing with a 16 year old teenage girl stuck in a 50 year old man's body, who spells "please" like one direction fangirls along with over usage of "Lol's".