Aaron Smith (American football)

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Aaron Smith
Steelers defense.jpg
Smith (left center) helps make a tackle in 2006, behind him are Casey Hampton #98 and Brett Keisel # 99
No. 91
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-04-19) April 19, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 298 lb (135 kg)
Career information
College: Northern Colorado
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109
Debuted in 1999 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Last played in 2011 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2011
Tackles 453
Quarterback sacks 44.0
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com

Aaron Douglas Smith (born April 19, 1976) is a retired American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Steelers and played for the team for thirteen seasons. He played college football for the University of Northern Colorado.

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Smith was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 4th round, 109th pick overall, of the 1999 NFL draft.[1] Smith played in every Steelers' game at left defensive end from 2000 through 2006.[2] Smith has been considered an ideal defensive end in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense.[3][4] Smith won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL, during the 2005 season. He recorded four tackles throughout the game.[5] After the 2008 season, Smith won another ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

On February 27, 2007, the Steelers resigned Smith to a 5 year, US$25 million contract.[6] Through the 2007 season, Smith ranks ninth all-time on the Steelers sacks list.[7] After missing parts of three games with a knee injury early in the 2007 season, Smith missed the last four games due to a torn biceps muscle while playing against the New England Patriots in early December. Smith made a full recovery from the injury and returned to his starting position in 2008, recording 44 tackles and 5.5 sacks.[7]

In 2009, Smith played in Pittsburgh's first five games before sustaining a torn rotator cuff in an Oct. 10 win over the Detroit Lions. On Oct. 14, the Steelers placed Smith on the injured reserve list, ending his 2009 season.[8] He was hurt again in 2010, playing in only 6 games, replaced by Ziggy Hood. In 2011, he played in 4 games before being placed on the injured reserve list for a neck injury, marking the third time in three years that he had been placed on the injured reserve list.[9][10] He was released on March 2, 2012.

On August 3, 2012, during a ceremony in Latrobe, PA, Smith officially retired from the NFL[11]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
1999 PIT 6 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 PIT 16 42 27 15 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2001 PIT 16 28 23 5 8.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2002 PIT 16 70 53 17 5.5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2003 PIT 16 45 36 9 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
2004 PIT 16 43 31 12 8.0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 PIT 16 39 29 10 2.0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
2006 PIT 16 62 45 17 4.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 PIT 11 30 21 9 2.5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 PIT 16 60 44 16 5.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2009 PIT 5 9 6 3 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 PIT 6 15 7 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 PIT 4 8 3 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 160 453 326 127 44.0 7 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 20

[12]

Personal life[edit]

He has three brothers named David, Stephan and Kevin Smith. He is married to Jaimie Garcia, and has three daughters: Elliana, Elysia, and Emilia, and two sons named Ezekiel and Elijah. Elijah had his last treatment for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia.[13] Smith was a consensus All-State selection at Sierra High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.), he also lettered in basketball and was a two-time All-Conference choice in both sports.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Aaron Smith file". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Aaron Smith". Stats. ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  3. ^ Smith, Michael (2004-12-15). "Defensive linemen do the dirty work in 3-4". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  4. ^ Cook, Ron (2008-08-25). "One man Steelers can't do without". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Aaron Smith #91". Steelers.com. Archived from the original on 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  6. ^ Mandak, Joe (2008-03-28). "Steelers re-sign defensive end Aaron Smith". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  7. ^ a b Brown, Scott (2008-08-02). "Steelers' Smith eager to make up for lost time". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  8. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2009-10-14). "Aaron Smith out for season; Steelers sign rookie Harris". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  9. ^ Steelers, Pittsburgh (2011-10-22). "Aaron Smith placed on IR.". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  10. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2011-10-23). "Ed: Neck Injury, not Foot, Drove Smith to IR". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2011-10-23. [dead link]
  11. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/19719758/steelers-set-aaron-smiths-retirement-ceremony
  12. ^ "Aaron Smith Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Cook, Ron (2008-12-14). "Since October, pain has had new definition for family of Aaron Smith". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

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