Veteran offensive lineman Wade Smith announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
Smith revealed his plans in a post on his foundation's Instagram page.
"After 12 years and 148 games in the NFL, it's finally time to hang up the cleats. Through hard work and my family, I have been blessed in my career to see 102 starts, nine tackles, three recovered fumbles and one touchdown. Now I am looking forward to creating new starts for our youth, tackling literacy and scoring many more touchdowns through the Wade Smith Foundation."
A third-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2003 out of the University of Memphis, Smith went on to play with five different organizations during his career. He spent two seasons each with the Dolphins, New York Jets, and Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Houston Texans for the 2010 season. He started all 16 games in each of his four seasons with the team, earning an invitation to the Pro Bowl in 2012.
Smith joined the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal last offseason but appeared in just five games for the team.
Our founder Wade Smith announced his retirement today. We are proud to celebrate his successful career with him during #WadesWeekend at the #PassportToLiteracy event. Come join us for a great evening of entertainment and food and wish Wade good luck in his retirement. Tickets at wsfpassport.eventbrite.com.