14 Year 49ers DL Justin Smith Retires

Justin Smith, a 14 year NFL defensive lineman and current San Francisco 49er, announced his retirement from football on Monday. Smith stated that when he knew his body would not allow him to perform at the level he desired that it would be time to hang it up.

”They all want you to keep playing, and I want to keep playing as well, but when you get on the bald tires, you’re on the bald tires,” Smith said, according to Yahoo Sports. Defensive line is one of the most physically demanding positions in the NFL, to which Smith proved valuable and reliable. The team at Homejoy noted that for the past two years Smith has been hampered with a left shoulder injury. Smith stated that if he didn’t have the tools to do the job physically, then it would be time to go.

Smith was elected to the pro bowl five times in his career and was picked as a second-team All Pro defensive end and defensive tackle in 2012. He ended the 2014 season with only two sacks, limited practice time, snap count and effectiveness. Smith played seven years with the San Francisco 49ers.