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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling announced on Tuesday that he was retiring from the League after seven seasons with the Falcons.

"I have decided to retire after seven years in the NFL to spend time with my family," Snelling said in a Falcons release Tuesday. "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 came out of the University of Virginia and was selected in the 7th round in 2007. The Falcons utility player picked up 1,420 rushing yards over his career on 363 carries, notching eight touchdowns. As a receiver, Snelling hauled down 29 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns, while out of the backfield, he picked up 164 yards on 44 carries with one touchdown.

Falcons head coach Mike Smith enjoyed working with Snelling.

"Jason was a good teammate and a joy to coach," Smith said in the Falcons release. "He played a number of roles for our team during his time here and was always ready when his number was called. We want to thank Jason for his contributions to our team and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."

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