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Northern Colorado Alum Aaron Smith Could Be Headed Towards Retirement

For 13 seasons, defensive end Aaron Smith proudly represented the Northern Colorado Bears in the NFL. At age 36, Smith's production has started to slow in recent years, so it came as no surprise when it was reported yesterday that the Pittsburgh Steelers had released Smith. Judging by these quotes from Smith's agent Peter Schaffer, it sounds like he could be headed towards retirement.

From the Post-Gazette:

"We talked today at length," Peter Schaffer said of his telephone call with coach Mike Tomlin. "We're celebrating [13] years of having the privilege of playing for the Steelers, and Aaron is celebrating having more time with his five kids and wife. There are no hard feelings."

Smith played in just 15 games over the last three seasons for Pittsburgh due to various injuries.

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