Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 1/20/12

Aaron Smith spent his third year in a row missing at least 10 games this season.  Smith went out with a neck injury that sent him to injured reserve.  Smith is fully healed now and still want to play.  He is under contract for the Steelers for one more year.

Smith sounded though as if he understood his time may be up.  He stated, “I’m sure they’ll have to come to me.”   Smith wishes he could play forever.  He knows management will try to come to him to let him make the decision saying that the Steelers would let him know, ‘Hey, you might want to make that call.’

Smith is not unlike many other players in the NFL.  They want to play forever.  Sooner or later they have to break down though.  Smith’s body is just not what it used to be.  Even though since his surgery he looks good.  He lost 20 pounds and has a little pep in his step. 

Smith is a top 5 Steeler all time for me.  I was not alive for the Steel Curtain days.  Smith has been the best defensive lineman for the Steelers in my time.  I hope the Steelers can get him to retire.  Smith has already made known he will not play for another team.  I do not want to see him cut before he retires though.

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