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Old 05-11-2006, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default Jags WR Smith Retires

Smith has 12,287 yards, 67 TDs with Jags
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jimmy Smith, one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, has decided to retire.

Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl selection who overcame several health problems and a drug addiction during his 12 seasons, scheduled a news conference Thursday with the Jacksonville Jaguars to announce the decision.


The 37-year-old receiver led the Jags with 70 catches for 1,023 yards and six touchdowns last season. He ranks seventh in NFL history with 862 receptions and 11th in receiving yards. He has more receptions than every receiver in the Hall of Fame, and only Marvin Harrison has more catches and yards receiving than Smith since 1996.

Smith contemplated retirement during the offseason, but Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio asked him to take his time and be sure he was making the right choice. His announcement came a day before the team opened a three-day minicamp.

Smith's longevity was surprising _ even to him _ especially considering what he overcame.

In 2001, he had three operations to remove scar tissue from his abdomen. Some questioned whether he would play again, but he caught 112 passes for 1,373 yards despite being arrested in November that year for suspicion of drunken driving. Tests later revealed he had cocaine in his system. He vehemently denied using the drug.

He was suspended for the first four games of the 2003 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He then publicly acknowledged an addiction and spent several weeks in rehab.

He had other issues early in his career, too.

The third receiver selected in the 1992 draft behind Desmond Howard and Carl Pickens, Smith broke his leg and missed most of his rookie season. In 1993, he needed an emergency appendectomy and suffered through infection and stomach problems. He missed the entire year. He didn't play in 1994, either, after getting cut by Dallas and Philadelphia.

In 1995, he caught on with the expansion Jaguars after his mother sent coach Tom Coughlin a binder of press clippings to help him earn a tryout.

He made the most of his chance and set receiving records that could be hard to break.

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Old 05-11-2006, 11:57 AM   #2
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Classy guy. Sorry to see him go. He was a fun competitor to watch.
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:06 PM   #3
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Classy guy... a true pro.... its a shame he couldnt stick around for a couple more 1,000 yd seasons.... if he were able to do that, there would be a nice chance that a gold blazer would be waiting for him in Canton
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:40 PM   #4
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Whoops...didn't see the other thread.

I'm sure Jax is just pleased as punch to get this news now, since they didn't draft a single WR...
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I always liked this guy,
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Old 05-11-2006, 03:17 PM   #6
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Very good player the jags are going to miss him for sure
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Very solid player who was underestimated his entire career...
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if i were the rooneys, i'd offer morgan to them for a third or 4th rounder next year, and go with what we got, cause right now we have 1 to many wideouts to make the team and that doesnt count Walter Young, who cowher likes because of his size

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I wonder how much better the Cowboys would have done if they stuck with this guy...great player...man...Jags are screwed
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I always liked Jimmy Smith. Sorry to see him go.
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