Found March 02, 2012 on Bleed Black & Gold:
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The Steelers announced their intention to let Aaron Smith go as part of their salary cap movement.  Since that news was announced Smith now is expected to retire.    Smith played 13 seasons with the Steelers.  He was the most under rated player at his position for a long time.  Only as of the last few seasons has Smith gotten his due.  It took missing him after an injury for people to realize his talent.

Smith is now ready to go spend time with his family.  He knew that he was not going to know when to stop.  He knew the Steelers would have to tell him it was over.  Smith like all other players wanted to play forever.

“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,” Peter Schaffer told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

I am glad Smith is thinking retirement.  It would hurt me more to see Smith in another uniform more then it would hurt to see Ward in one.  Good luck in the rest of life Aaron.  You will be missed.

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