San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith is retiring after 14 NFL seasons. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More The 49ers announced Smith’s retirement via a press release on their official website on May 18.The 35-year-old Smith said his deteriorating physical skills were the main reason why he decided to retire, per NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal. “When you get on the bald tires, you’re on the bald tires…it was just time for me to move on,” Smith told the media on Monday (via NFL.com). More specifically, The San Jose Mercury News’ Cam Inman reported on May 18 Smith’s ailing left shoulder, which he injured in a collision with guard Mike Iupati during the 49ers’ 2013 training camp, was the one nagging him. Smith elaborated on this in a conversation with Inman:”Where I play on the right side, all my contact comes on my left shoulder and left side. And it doesn’t respond the way I want it to respond anymore.”If you don’t have the tools, you can’t do the job. So it’s just time to go.”It’ a young man’s game, and you’ve got to be full of p— and vinegar when you step on the… Read full this story
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