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Geno Smith headlines a loaded group of prospects during Saturdays Bowl Games

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Former Steelers Safety Anthony Smith Retires

Former Steelers safety Anthony Smith has announced at the age of 28 that he is retiring from the NFL. Some Steelers fans wish that he would have walked away before the 2007 game vs the Patriots. That’s the day that he “guaranteed a victory” over the Pats, only to be burned for two scores in […]…

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Anthony Smith retires at age 28

Steelers 2006 third-round pick Anthony Smith looked to be emerging as Pittsburgh’s free safety of the future when he made 14 starts his first two seasons, collecting 97 tackles and intercepting four passes during that span. But Smith’s career took a nosedive after he unsuccessfully guaranteed a December 2007 win over the 12-0 New Englan…

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Chris Hoke and Aaron Smith To Chair Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race

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Former Steelers Chris Hoke and Aaron Smith will chair the 24th Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kids’ Kickoff Run on Sunday, September 2, at 9 a.m. at Heinz Field. The race benefi……

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Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Informed Troy Smith of Early Release

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The timing of the Steelers‘ decision to release potential back-up quarterback Troy Smith was curious, as we wrote back in June.

Minicamp had come and gone, and with little opportunity to prove himself behind incumbent veterans Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich, it seemed at least worth everyone’s time to at least give him a look while running the offense he’d just barely learned this offseason while in pads.

A feature on Smith, written by Cleveland Plain-Dealer reporter Bill Lubinger, paraphrases Smith’s account of what he heard when the former Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner was released.

Head coach Mike Tomlin had assured him, “We know you’ve got good football left,” and to not get caught up in the depth chart or who took snaps with which offense.
“We’ve got one starter. That’s Ben Roethlisberger,” Smith recalled the coach saying. “Everyone else is competing for a position.”

“First and foremost,” (Steelers general manager Kevin) Colbert said, “he was a winner.”

After Smith was cut, Colbert, through a team spokesman, declined an interview request. Smith said Tomlin called him before the team announced his release. Tomlin told Smith he thought he could start in this league, and that they wanted to let him go early enough to catch on with another team.

And we weren’t far off our guess he was released early simply out of respect so he could catch on somewhere else. That’s another way of saying the Steelers cashed in their insurance policy on the re-signing of QB Byron Leftwich.

At the point Smith signed a future’s contract with the team, Leftwich was a free agent. After a quiet flirtation with the Indianapolis Colts and former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Leftwich re-signed with the Steelers, thus putting huge doubt on Smith’s ability to make the roster barring injury.

At that point, the Steelers could either make him languish away competing for a spot he cannot win without misfortune falling on someone else, or they could release him with enough time for him to catch on somewhere else and have a legitimate shot of continuing his career in the NFL.

This may not be the last we hear of Smith, either. Plus, Leftwich hasn’t made it through training camp and the preseason without suffering an injury in what seems like forever.

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Troy Smith isn’t giving up on his NFL future

There’s no easier way to point out the differences between the NFL and college football than by pointing to the list of Heisman Trophy winners. College football’s biggest award doesn’t always go to the best player in the country, but it always goes to a player who has reached the highest levels of success at…

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Why Troy Smith, Not Jerrod Johnson, Was Cut

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced yesterday that former Heisman winning quarterback Troy Smith was cut from the team. Smith was fighting for a back-up quarterback job behind Ben Roethlisberger. However, he was fighting an uphill battle from the beginning. Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich are still o ContinueThe post Why Troy Smith, Not Jerrod Johnson, Was Cut appeared first on SteelBlitz.

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Steelers cut former Heisman winner Troy Smith

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Steelers release Troy Smith

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When the Steelers signed quarterbacks Troy Smith earlier this offseason, they were filling a position of need since all three of Ben Roethlisberger’s backups from last year were free agents. Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch are back in Pittsburgh, though, and that left Smith without a chair when the music stopped on Monday. Or, to…

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Steelers Cut QB Troy Smith

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that they cut quarterback Troy Smith from their roster.

The move isn’t a surprise, as it was expected that Ben Roethlisberger would be the starter with Byron Leftwich backing him up and Charlie Batch assuming the third-string duties.

Smith signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Jan. 20. Prior to joining the Steelers, Smith spent time with the Omaha Nighthawks (2011) of the United Football League, the San Francisco 49ers (2010) and the Baltimore Ravens (2007-2009).

A five-year NFL veteran, Smith has played in 20 NFL games with eight career starts. He was originally drafted by the Ravens in the fifth round (174th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

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