Jason Snelling takes difficult decision away from Atlanta Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons had a tough decision to make about the future of running back Jason Snelling but he took the matter into his own hands by announcing his retirement from the NFL.

The 30-year old has been in the league for seven years and was set to make $1.375 million next season but has called it quits on his career to spend time with his family.

Snelling was a seventh round pick in the 2007 draft and performed above expectations throughout his career finishing with stat totals of 363 carries for 1,420 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

He also racked up 1,249 receiving yards from 168 catches to go along with nine receiving touchdowns.

Snelling released a statement saying: "I have decided to retire after seven years in the NFL to spend time with my family, I want to thank Mr. 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."

Snelling becomes the second Falcon to announce his retirement this season after future hall of fame tight end Tony Gonzalez has also hung up his cleats at the age of 38-years-old.

Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons Mike Smith also had some kind words about the news of Snelling's impending retirement: "Jason was a good teammate and a joy to coach, He played a number of roles for our team during his time here and was always ready when his number was called."

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