Telvin Smith stepping away from football in 2019

Former Florida State star linebacker and 2013 national champion Telvin Smith broke some news on Instagram this afternoon that is sending shockwaves throughout the National Football League.

Smith, a 2017 Pro-Bowler with the Jacksonville Jaguars, announced that he won’t be playing football in 2019, saying he needs to step away from football in 2019 to “give this time back to myself, my family and my health.”

The Valdosta native has started in 69 of the 76 career games he’s played for the Jaguars while recording a total of 586 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 9 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles. He’s one of only 13 players in NFL history to record 100+ tackles in each of their first five seasons. Smith was drafted by Jacksonville in the Fifth-Round of the 2014 NFL Draft when he was one of seven former ‘Noles to be selected.

This is definitely news that has come completely out of left field after Jacksonville vice president Tom Coughlin criticized both Smith and Jalen Ramsey for not being with the team for voluntary offseason workouts.

Jacksonville released a statement shortly after the news broke. It doesn’t sound like they were aware this was going to happen.

We’ll continue to update this post as more information becomes available.

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