Aaron Smith Takes Out Ad In Post Gazette To Say Thank You

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith was officially released last Friday and he took to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Sunday to thank everyone for his time with the Steelers in an ad that he purchased. Ed Bouchette points out that the ad is on Page D-7 and it reads:

Dear Steelers Fans,

As of today, I am no longer a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I leave the field and Steelers with no regrets, and am grateful to have played for such a tremendous organization. I feel truly blessed to have spent my entire professional career in the best town, playing for the most loyal fans who have loved and supported myself and my family.

The last 13 years of our lives have been special because of the people who cheered me on, and I am truly fortunate to have been a part of the Steelers, the City of Pittsburgh and the Steelers Nation. You have opened your arms and your hearts to us as a family and we will never forget that. Your support, enthusiasm, love and dedication are gifts I will carry with me my entire life.

I may no longer be on the Steelers active roster, but I will always be a Steeler and will never forget the people who made it all worthwhile — the fans, the Rooneys, the front office, the equipment guys and trainers, my teammates and family. Thank you for supporting me over the last 13 years, and I hope you will support me in whatever future path life will take me on.

We plan on making Pittsburgh our home and I will endeavor for the rest of my days to find a way to thank each and every one of you personally for all that you have done and meant for me and my family. You cheered for me for 13 years and now I cheer for you for the rest of my life. You will always be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to have the job of a lifetime. You will always be in my heart.

Your friend always,

Aaron Smith and Family, No. 91

What a great sentiment from a great player and an even greater human being. Smith embodied everything that you hope for in a Steeler player and he left it all out there on the field. While Smith does not mention the word retire, the word is it will happen soon. There has been talk that he will not want any type of press conference and I certainly can respect that if that indeed is his choice. His playing days might be over, but his time in the black and the gold will never be forgotten.

So if you read this Aaron, it was our pleasure watching you play for 13 years and we all wish you and your family nothing but the best as you move on to the next chapter in your life.

If you have yet to see the NFL Films feature on Smith, make sure you watch it here: Aaron Smith: Emerging from the shadows

Aaron Smith Post Gazette Ad

  • Classy. It’s too bad the end of his career had so many injuries.

  • James

    Class – Pure Class.

  • Class Act.

  • this is a very appreciative person class act .

  • JZ

    You are in the Steelers Ring of Honor # 91 !

  • Jmccollough

    What a great letter! It is too bad all professional athletes don’t have this level of class and character.

  • Teflperu

    It’s too bad more organizations aren’t as professional as the Steelers. He was lucky to play for a class-act of an NFL club. I wish my Vikings were more like the Steeler Org.

  • Illaim

    Great act of class on his part.

    SN: Thanks for the NFL Fims feature link at the end of the post.

  • Guest

    Pittsburgh was lucky to have someone as talented and gracious as Aaron Smith for the past 13 years. It was sad to see injury take away the past few years of a great career, but I will always remember how great he played when he was on the field

  • Betts98_98

    WOW! A truly classy guy, one that I am proud to say ‘ hey that’s MY neighbor ‘ Thank you, Mr. Arron Smith.

  • MJM

    its ashame he had to retire because of injuries, but, he was a great player, and as we all knew already. A CLASS ACT!… ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, AARON…

  • JerryCola

    Hopefully he retires because he is the type of player that shouldn’t wear the uniform of another team. The NFL needs more guys like this.

  • Heathicus

    Well done Aaron – well done : )

  • Why not the Hall of Fame? In the 3-4 the linebackers get all the glory and fame. He played run defense like a Hall of Famer!

  • Six Figure Fan

    Thats awesome Aaron. You were a helluva lineman. If you ever make it back to Northern Colorado for a visit, I’d be honored to buy you a beer and talk football with a beloved Steeler.

  • Jabsosteel

    Not just a top of the line athlete, a top of the line human being to boot! Kudos to you, Aaron, for being such a tremendous individual. It’s people like yourself, afterall, that make us, the fans, proud to be the Steeler Nation. It’s a symbiotic relationship to be sure. Here we go Steelers!

  • 3-4 DEs, especially ones as under the radar as Smith, don’t go to the HOF. Their numbers never hold up to 4-3 guys, and voters don’t distinguish between the two.

  • Krausejoe58

    God bless you and your family Aaron. Im glad you wore the black and gold.

  • Bob G

    what a great player! He is And will Always be A Steeler what A class Act.Hines Ward could take some class Lessons

  • Ofline65

    What an awesome person and player. He is what a Steeler really is. Good luck in your retirement 91.

  • Steve N.J.

    x’s 2! Thank you Aaron!

  • Tmesarosjr

    Jmcc are you from hemet? This is t Mesaros! Loved your comment!

  • Coachhoff

    You’re not done yet! I see you roaming the sidelines as a D-line coach for the Steelers. The Steelers need great human beings in their organization moving forward and that would put you at the top of their list.

  • Steelctywmn

    I was very touched by Mr. Smith taking the time to say, “Thanks”. I was a very classy way to end a 13 year career. It shows that he really cared about the time spent as a player with the world’s best team and fans. I wish the very best to him and his family. A special “thank you” to his family for all the time he spent away from them while being a part of a wonderful team!!!!