RB Jason Snelling to Retire

The Falcons will miss Jason Snelling's versatility. (John David Mercer)

The Falcons will miss Jason Snelling’s versatility. (John David Mercer)

The Atlanta Falcons have announced running back Jason Snelling will retire.

Snelling was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. During his seven-year career, he totaled 1,256 rushing yards, 1,033 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns (8 rushing, 6 receiving).

Last season, Snelling carried the ball 44 times for 164 yards and a touchdown. In the passing game, he caught 29 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

Snelling saw the most action in 2009 after Michael Turner was injured. During that season, he had 142 carries for 613 yards and four touchdowns, adding 30 receptions for 259 yards and one touchdown.

What made Snelling valuable was his versatility: he could play both fullback with running back. He was the ultimate team guy, sticking with the Falcons even after they drafted Jacquizz Rodgers in 2011 and signed Steven Jackson last season.

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