Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith sat down with Teresa Varley for a very candid interview for the latest edition of “Steelers Speak”. Smith talked about another season coming to an abrupt end because of injury and told Varley how he came about knowing something was not right with his neck and how he is dealing with yet another season being placed on injured reserve.
Smith went on to talk about his relationship with Brett Keisel and how he enjoys teaching the young players like Ziggy Hood, Cameron Heyward and Steve McLendon.
The interview was conducted just after the Patriots game and Smith said that he was scheduled to have surgery this past week to have disc fused in his neck. It is unknown if that surgery has taken place yet, but Smith says the recover time following surgery is 6 weeks.
Varley asked Smith about his football future as well and here is that two question exchange.
Varley: What is your football future?
Smith: You know what, right now, I\’m just kind of sitting and enjoying relishing the moment. I think when the season comes to an end and we get a chance and my surgery is done and I am not emotionally involved in this, I think I\’ll sit back, me and my wife and my family and my friends, and we will sit back and come together and figure out what to do when we are not emotionally involved in the middle this.
Varley: Will there be fears playing again because of the neck?
Smith: I think that is something we will have to discuss when the time comes when we decide if that is something we want to do.