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Falcons RB Snelling retires

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Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling joined former teammate Tony Gonzalez in retirement on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Snelling announced his intentions in a statment released by the team.

"I have decided to retire after seven years in the NFL to spend time with my family," Snelling said in a statement. "I want to thank (team owner) Mr. (Arthur) 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."

In seven seasons and 96 regular-season games with the Falcons, Snelling rushed for 1,420 yards and eight touchdowns on 363 carries and added 168 receptions for 1,249 yards and nine touchdown catches. A seventh-round pick in the 207 NFL Draft, Snelling had his best season in 2009 when he made two starts and ran for 613 yards and four touchdowns on 142 carries.

In his final season, Snelling rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown on 44 carries.

"Jason was a good teammate and a joy to coach," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "He played a number of roles for our team during his time here and was always ready when his number was called."

Gonzalez retired after the 2013 season at age 38 and is joining CBS as an analyst.
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